Men, beware of the risks

The most common cancer in American men can and does develop without any obvious symptoms.

Prostate cancer, the “silent killer,” also is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in males.

And as we get set to enter September – Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – we’re reminding area men to be aware.

Statistics show that one in six men will be diagnosed with the disease during a lifetime. And according to the American Cancer Society, approximately 233,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, while approximately 29,480 will die as a result of the disease.

In an effort to make area residents more aware of the seriousness of prostate cancer, health officials bring to light awareness of the disease.

Men should know that nearly 100 percent of those diagnosed with prostate cancer are still alive in five years. That is why doctors recommend men over the age of 40 make an appointment to receive a yearly exam. Men who are at high risk, especially African-Americans or those who have family members with prostate cancer, should begin testing earlier.

Since the use of early detection tests for prostate cancer became relatively common about 20 years ago, the death rate has dropped, according to American Cancer Society reports.

New research also shows a low-calorie diet may help reduce prostate cancer risk, and doctors now recommend eating a balanced diet, exercising daily and limiting alcohol consumption.

Please study the risk factors of prostate cancer. Also as important, be aware of changes in your body – you know yourself best. And if you have reason for concern or you fall into the age categories, get a prostate exam. Let’s continue to slow down this “silent killer” cancer.