5 Common Prostate Cancer Myths

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When it comes to prostate cancer, there’s a lot of confusion about how to prevent it, how to find it early and the best way to treat it. We address some common myths to help men separate fact from fiction.

Myth #1: Prostate cancer only affects elderly men.

While it is true that prostate cancer is more common with increasing age, younger men can also develop the disease. Men of all ages should know their personal risk factors and talk with their physician about getting tested.

Myth #2: Men rarely die from prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer affecting men in the U.S. It is estimated that 238,590 men will be diagnosed with, and 29,720 men will die, of cancer of the prostate in 2013.*

Myth #3: If you don’t have symptoms, you don’t have prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer, especially in its early stages, usually has no symptoms at all. Today, because of the widespread use of the PSA test (prostate specific antigen) for prostate cancer screening, most men are actually diagnosed before they have any symptoms.

Myth #4: A high PSA level means that you have prostate cancer.

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a substance produced by the prostate gland. While increased levels of PSA can be a sign of prostate cancer, it does not always mean cancer is present. This can only be determined with a biopsy of the prostate.

Myth #5: Prostate cancer will ruin my sex life.

During some prostate cancer treatments, the nerves that surround the prostate and control the ability for erections may be affected. However, some men have few or no problems. Talk to your doctor about the specific details of your condition, including your treatment options and possible side effects.

Talk with your doctor about having your PSA blood level tested every year after age 50, and every year after age 45 if you’re considered high risk (you have a family history of prostate cancer or are African–American or Hispanic).

*Source: www.cancer.gov

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September is Prostate Cancer
Awareness Month

Through the Cancer Care Institute of Carolina, we’re offering all men a FREE two part screening, including a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test and physical exam. The simple blood test takes only minutes — yet it could save your life.

Free Prostate Cancer Screening

Date: Saturday, Sept. 21
Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Location: Cancer Care Institute of Carolina, 111 Miracle Drive

Registration is required.

You may register beginning August 5 by calling 803-641-5808. Both PSA and DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) will be offered at the event.

Co-sponsored by Aiken Regional Medical Centers and Savannah River Cancer Foundation.

If you can’t attend, the Cancer Care Institute offers free PSA screenings every day. Please call 803-641-7850, ext. 1, to pick up a physician’s order for the test.

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