September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and the experts from John Stoddard Cancer Center will be at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market to offer advice and answer questions regarding prostate and other types of cancer.
Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men, but if detected early, it has the potential of being cured. Knowing the risk factors for prostate cancer is the first step in catching the disease in its earliest stages.
- Age - As men get older, their chances of developing prostate cancer increase. In fact, more than half of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men ages 65 and older.
- Race - Prostate cancer is more common in African American men than men of other races.
- Weight - Advanced prostate cancer is more likely, and harder to treat, in obese men.
- Family History - A strong family history of prostate cancer or breast cancer increases the risk for prostate cancer in men.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
Early signs of prostate cancer are nearly impossible to detect. The following symptoms may occur once the cancer causes the prostate gland to swell or spreads beyond the prostate:
- Frequent urination, particularly at night
- Irregularities in stream of urination
- Painful burning sensation during urination
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Though self-exams are helpful, the best way to detect cancer early is to schedule an appointment with a physician if you experience any abnormalities in your prostate health. Early diagnosis of the disease significantly increases chances of survival.
As you are out and about at the Market, be sure to stop by our tent at 3rd & Court to learn more about the latest in cancer prevention and treatment. Together we can achieve the full and healthy life you deserve.
We'll see you at the Market!