Cancer can be one of the most devastating diseases out there as well as one of the most common. There are many forms of cancer but one of the most deadly is prostate cancer. It is predicted that one is seven men will be diagnosed prostate cancer within their lifetimes. African American men are 70% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The Cancer Society of America is estimating that over 160,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer within the year 2017. It is very highly recommended that men who are at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer get screened at age 40. Many men, who are either of the age to begin screening for prostate cancer or are at a high risk, tend to procrastinate getting screened which can lead to a much later discovery of the cancer. Early discovery is one of the best ways to stay ahead of the game as well as expand the effectiveness and options for treatment.
There is a great deal of stigma associated with the methods used for screening for prostate cancer but ultimately a bit of discomfort is an easy price to pay when your life could be on the line. The screenings involve a simple blood test, a PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) and a DRE, digital rectal exam where a doctor will insert a gloved finger into the rectum to physically examine prostate. The DRE can be uncomfortable and a bit embarrassing but here is something to consider: the physician performing the exam has likely endured the very same exam you are going through. It is a clinical procedure intended to ensure your health.
Partnering with the NFL, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America is on a Prostate Pep Talk campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer and to encourage men to not skip out on the vital testing to catch it early.
The Cancer Treatment Centers of America was created in 1988 by Richard J. Stephenson who lost his mother to cancer. Richard felt strongly that his mother would have had a much better chance if the physicians involved had better treatment options.
The Cancer Treatment Centers of America is dedicated to providing a comprehensive treatment plan that goes beyond just the raw medicine to treat disease. CTCA goes past simply treating the disease and provides a wide range of therapies designed to help patients get the most out of their lives.
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