Prostate Cancer Screening Highlighted by Father’s Day

Prostate cancer testing and other men’s health issues are being highlighted in the medical field and the media as Father’s Day approaches. June is Men’s Health Month and June 13-19 is International Men’s Health Week according to RoboticOncology.com

Prostate cancer treatment expert Dr. David Samadi, Vice Chairman, Department of Urology and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center has encouraged men to pay closer attention to their overall health during this time of increased awareness.

“Diseases specific to men, such as prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia can be treated and cured with proper medical treatment,” Dr. Samadi said in a press release. “Especially in the case of prostate cancer, early detection is essential in the successful treatment of the disease.” He suggests that men 50 and over should get routine prostate screenings while those with increased risk factors should begin screening at the age of 40.  

Dr. Samadi said women are more likely than men to seek regular preventative care because females are encouraged to begin receiving yearly exams beginning in their teenage years. He says that men are often times too embarrassed or uncomfortable to seek a doctor’s exam.

"A man's greatest health advocate is a woman: his mother, wife, daughter, sister," said Dr. Samadi, "Men just don't consider seeing their doctors for regular medical visits or taking part in preventative care the way women do. We can, and should, learn a lot from women about proper medical habits.” Prostate cancer is known as the silent killer because it often exists with no signs or symptoms. It has a high cure rate when detected early, however. “What a man considers a small problem may be an indicator of a much larger one requiring immediate treatment,” Dr. Samadi said. “There's no reason for men to leave their health up to chance, and that's why regularly seeing a doctor is so important." According to Wikipedia, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men in the United States. In 2008 more than 186,000 new cases were reported and the disease resulted in 28,600 deaths. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in U.S. men after lung cancer. More than 80 percent of men will develop prostate cancer by the age of 80.
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