June is Men’s Health Month, focusing on preventable health issues. It is an effort to increase early diagnosis and treatment.
Prostate conditions affect over 30 million men and have a negative impact on quality of life.
More than 50 percent of men in their 60s and 70s or older, up to 90 percent, have symptoms of an enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, called BPH by doctors.
About 250,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. About 34,000 will die this year.
Dr. Alex Parker with Urology Clinics of North Texas says prostate inflammation is an issue for men of all ages and is the most common prostate problem for men under 50.
That’s why preventable health issues, early detection and treatment of men’s diseases, especially prostate cancer, are so important.
“Men with a family history of prostate cancer in particular, men of African descent, African-American men have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer,” said Dr. Alex Parker. They advise you to see a specialist for your concerns. Make sure you go ahead and do those things and stay on top of them. These diseases can be treated if you catch them early.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States.
According to a new report released earlier this year, prostate cancer has increased by 4 to 5 percent each year since 2011.
More concerning than the increase in advanced cancer diagnoses is the increase in prostate cancer deaths. The death rate is two to four times higher than that of men of all races and ethnicities. Dr. Parker says staying healthy and going to those preventive appointments at least once a year can be a lifesaver for your prostate.