Get Screened for Prostate Cancer

September 8, 2022

If something was seriously wrong with your health, wouldn’t you like to know before it became a bigger problem? While we can’t peer into the future, modern medicine can provide patients with minor issues before they become more serious — including prostate cancer.

About prostate cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer occurs when cells in the prostate grow out of control. Found only in biological males, the prostate is an organ that is located below the bladder and produces some of the fluid that makes up semen.

Aside from skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in men. The American Cancer Society estimates about 268,490 new cases will be diagnosed in 2022 with about 34,500 estimated deaths. The American Cancer Society reports 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime with the average age of diagnosis at about 66. In fact, 6 in 10 cases are diagnosed in men age 65 and older; this form of cancer is rare in men age 40 and younger.

About 1 in 41 men will die from prostate cancer. However, it is treatable. In fact, 3.1 million American men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are alive today.

Symptoms

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prostate cancer symptoms can include any of the following:

Prevention

Early detection is key to stopping prostate cancer. If you suffer from any of the above symptoms and suspect you may have prostate cancer, a healthcare provider will administer one of two tests:

Know for sure today — schedule a prostate exam with Dr. Matthew Knudson, MD at the Culbertson Outpatient Specialty Clinic, 238 S. Congress St. in Rushville. To schedule an appointment, call (217)322-5271.