Prostate Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, and African American men who are less likely to go for regular checkups, are especially at risk.
So the nation’s urologists are encouraging the loved ones of this country’s husbands, sons, brothers, nephews, uncles and adult males to get PSA--- prostate-specific antigen---testing for early detection of prostate cancer during the month of September.
According to Dr. Deepak Kapoor, President of the nation’s largest urology practice group called LUGPA, one in six American men will have prostate cancer in their lifetime, and the incidence could be higher for African American males or those with prostate cancer in their families. PSA screening reduces cancer mortality and is the best way to reduce the risk of advanced prostate cancer.
“As practitioners with the primary responsibility to diagnose and treat prostate cancer, we need to remain steadfast in our efforts to educate patients to access potentially life-saving diagnostic testing, including PSA testing for prostate cancer,” said Dr. Kapoor.
That is why the nation’s 2000 urologists are asking the loved ones of this nation’s adult men to have a conversation with their doctor about whether PSA screening is appropriate for them. Doctors recommend PSA screening start at age 40 to 45.
A PSA test is merely a blood test. Early detection is critical to the success of prostate cancer treatments.
Tips from Dr. Kapoor: Remember to think SMART:
· Schedule an annual health exam. It’s important to evaluate your health from year to year so you know if anything changes. Males of the age of 40 should talk to their doctor about prostate screening.
· Monitor your circulation. Talk to your doctor about exercises you can do to increase the circulation to your prostate gland tissue.
· Adopt a healthy lifestyle. Provide your body with a sufficient amount of rest and regular physical activity. Exercising regularly has been proven to ensure improvement of immune and digestive systems, body circulation, cleansing of body toxins and waste, and reducing stress.
· Reduce sodium by drinking more water. Staying hydrated will help flush toxins out of the urinary system. Ingesting too much salt can disrupt the water balance in your kidneys.
· Thrive without smoking. Smoking can cause bladder and kidney cancer, as well as contribute to erectile dysfunction.
LUGPA represents 121 large urology group practices in the United States, with more than 2,000 physicians who make up more than 20 percent of the nation’s practicing urologists. LUGPA and its member practices are committed to best practices, research, data collection and benchmarking to promote quality clinical outcomes. For more information, visit lugpa.org.
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