The month of September is officially National Prostate Health Month but this disease is worth addressing year round as it is a growing concern amongst senior men in Atlanta. Even the month of November as become synonymous with prostate cancer awareness month with the growing November movement. With that said it can be helpful for men to visit their doctors and get their prostates screened (any time of the year) — particularly senior men.
Prostate screenings can help detect a slew of prostate conditions, including prostate cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. In fact, statistics show that about 1 in 39 men will die of prostate cancer and that there are 181,000 new diagnoses of prostate cancer expected each year.
If you want to understand more about how prostate cancer affects seniors, read on to learn more about its symptoms, the effects it has on the body and what steps you can take to diagnose and treat it in Metro Atlanta.
Key Facts About Prostate Cancer
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located that is only in the male body. It produces a fluid that is one of the main components of semen. When a man gets prostate cancer, he experiences uncontrolled cell growth in the prostate — which can hinder prostate function and spread cancerous cells to other parts of the body.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
Early-stage prostate cancer rarely shows symptoms. Some people with early prostate cancer may have trouble urinating or feel like urinating often. Other signs of prostate cancer in older men include decreased force in the urine stream, discomfort in the pelvic area, erectile dysfunction, and frequent pain in the lower back or upper thighs.
The Importance Prostate Cancer Screenings
Because prostate cancer rarely shows symptoms early, it can be important for older men to get prostate screenings. Doctors can screen for prostate cancer with a digital rectal exam, as well as a PSA blood test, which can reveal if the prostate is healthy. If prostate cancer is detected early, treatment can be very effective. Treatments for prostate cancer include surgery, radiation therapy and simple monitoring, because prostate cancer develops very slowly.
If a senior you know is suffering from prostate cancer, it can help to have at-home caregivers that are familiar with the disease. With in-home senior care, sufferers can have the support and guidance that they need to ensure that they are comfortable, safe and able to battle the condition as effectively as possible.
Our goal at Angel Companions is to keep the Atlanta senior and elderly community happy, healthy and thriving by providing the latest information on senior related health and wellness issues. This week Angel Companions addresses the growing issue of Prostate Cancer and why is it so critical to get screened and watch for warning signs. This could save your life or the life of a dear loved one or friend. Please continue to read our blog as we work to deliver the best senior care information in Georgia!
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