Hermann Area District Hospital recognizes prostate cancer awareness month

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Hermann Area District Hospital is committed to the health of others and education on steps you can take to insure a life full of happiness.

September is prostate cancer awareness month.  Not counting some forms of skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men, and second only to lung cancer in the overall number of cancer deaths.

Every year, more than 200,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, and more than 25,000 men die from it, but there are many preventative steps you can take as well as symptoms to watch for.

Common questions you may have.

What are the risk factors?

There is no way to know for sure if you will get prostate cancer. Men have a greater chance of getting prostate cancer if they are 50 years old or older, are African-American, or have a father, brother, or son who has had prostate cancer.

What are symptoms I should look for?

Different people have different symptoms for prostate cancer. Some men do not have symptoms at all. Some symptoms of prostate cancer are:

  • - Difficulty in starting urination.
    - Weak or interrupted flow of urine.
    - Frequent urination, especially at night.
    - Difficulty in emptying the bladder completely.
    - Pain or burning during urination.
    - Blood in the urine or semen.
    - Pain in the back, hips, or pelvis that doesn't go away.
    - Painful ejaculation.

If you have any of these symptoms be sure to see your doctor right away. These symptoms may be caused by conditions other than prostate cancer.

Is there any type of screening for prostate cancer?

The potential benefit of prostate cancer screening is early detection of cancer, which may make treatment more effective. Potential risks include:

  • False positive test results (the test says you have cancer when you do not),
  • Treatment of prostate cancers that may affect your health, 
  • Mild to serious side effects from treatment of prostate cancer.

Most organizations recommend that men discuss with their doctors the benefits and risks of prostate cancer screening. CDC continues to support informed decision making, which encourages men to talk with their doctors to learn the nature and risk of prostate cancer, understand the benefits and risks of the screening tests, and make decisions consistent with their preferences and values.