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Caught early, prostate cancer can be treated, usually successfully. But in its early stages, prostate cancer has no symptoms.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, striking approximately 165,000 men each year with about 30,000 dying of the disease – making it second only to lung cancer as the deadliest cancer in men.

Caught early, prostate cancer can be treated, usually successfully. But in its early stages, prostate cancer has no symptoms.

For almost 30 years, doctors have had a powerful weapon in their arsenal for detecting prostate cancer, the DRE which is a physical exam allowing the doctor to feel the prostate. But now, in addition to the DRE, patients can have a simple blood test called a PSA (which stands for prostate specific antigen) that will detect a majority of prostate problems early.

Since the PSA has been used, prostate cancer deaths have declined and the number of successfully treated prostate cancer cases has risen.

During September – Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – INTEGRIS and the National Men’s Health Network are urging all men to talk to their health care providers about prostate cancer.

Especially men over age 50, and at age 40 for African Americans and others at high risk; men with a family history of prostate cancer; veterans exposed to Agent Orange and men exposed to pesticides and certain other chemicals.

Women are also encouraged to get involved and urge their husbands, fathers, brothers, and other loved ones to talk to their health care provider about prostate screening, including the PSA and DRE tests.

Having an annual prostate exam, including a PSA test, just might save your life. To learn more visit, www.ProstateCancerAwarenessMonth.com.