Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men, with nearly 32-hundred cases expected to be diagnosed in Iowa men this year and 230-thousand cases nationwide. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Emergency medicine specialist Doctor Rich O’Brien says prostate cancer is usually found in men over the age of 65.
Dr. O’Brien says “Early detection and treatment often make the difference between life and death when it comes to prostate cancer. Screenings include blood tests and physical examinations that can help detect prostate cancer at earlier, less dangerous stages.” O’Brien says estimates show more than 400 Iowa men will die from prostate cancer this year, with more than 30-thousand deaths projected nationwide.
Dr. O’Brien says “A man in this country has a one-in-six chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer sometime in his life. That’s why it’s so important to get in to see your doctor and have an exam now. If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, your doctor will discuss the many options that are now available to you.” For more information, surf to the American Cancer Society website at “www.cancer.org”.FOR