September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
The month of September is observed as National Prostate Health Month, which is also known as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
Designating a month for this issue serves the purpose of:
- Increasing public awareness of the importance of prostate health and prostate cancer awareness
- Providing easily accessible prostate health screenings and prostate cancer screenings
- Educating about risk factors and symptoms of prostate health and prostate cancer
- Advocating for further research on prostate health issues and prostate cancer
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is jam-packed with online chats, prostate cancer screenings, and awareness events across the country.
In the second part of Beyond the Shock, Vincent Russo and his co-host, Victoria Roberts Drogin, addressed one of the leading causes of death in men, Prostate Cancer. This episode was a very personal topic for Vincent since he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018.
About one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. As Vincent has talked with his friends and clients about prostate cancer, inevitably they know of a family member or a close friend who’s been diagnosed.
Vincent stressed that for men who are reaching their 50s or in their early 60s or have a family history should be talking with their physician, listening to the physician’s recommendations regarding testing and then follow up with the monitoring of one’s PSA level. It is a simple blood test to obtain PSA levels. It is important to have a base number for monitoring purposes.
Vincent discussed the three options that were given at the time of diagnoses: active surveillance, radiation or surgery. He shared how confusing it can get and the importance of understanding the options. He shared that it can be difficult to decide on treatment and there is no right answer: You must do what is right for you. Make sure that you ask questions and gather as much information as you can on the topic.
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