Did you know that prostate cancer will kill 1 in 36 American men? More than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year – that is more than all the seats in Yankee Stadium, Dodgers Stadium, Coors Field and Turner Field combined.
While there is no proven way to prevent prostate cancer, early detection and education saves more lives each year. Therefore, it is critical to have a game plan.
Hit a Homer with a Prostate Cancer Game Plan:
- Know Your Risk: Risk rises rapidly for men ages 50+; risk doubles if there is family history
- Don’t Ignore Symptoms: Don’t ignore difficulty urinating, blood in the urine, pain in hips/back/ribs
- Get the Facts About Screening: Speak to your doctor about Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) to learn your options
- You Make the Call: Detection and treatment are highly individualized decisions between you and your doctor
Always remember that early detection is key for all cancers and there are always resources for affordable screening, even seemingly costly diagnostic imaging screening. Always price shop, compare pricing and use tips for managing healthcare costs.