Urology Promotes Prostate Cancer Awareness
Hattiesburg Clinic Urology would like to remind everyone that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Of all cancers that affect men in the United States, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death, behind only lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), nearly 249,000 Americans will be affected this year, including over 34,000 deaths.1
Prostate cancer begins when cancer cells in the prostate start to grow uncontrollably. Prostate cancer cells typically grow very slowly, and if caught early, prostate cancer is one of the most treatable malignancies. Often, people who have prostate cancer will show no signs or symptoms. Risk factors for developing prostate cancer include:
- Family history of prostate cancer
- African American or Caribbean ancestry
- Exposure to certain toxic chemicals
- Certain diets, like diets high in red meat and fatty dairy products, may be linked to greater risk
The risk for developing prostate cancer also increases with age. Over 60% of cases occur in men aged 65 and older.2Men with an immediate blood relative, such as a father or brother, who has had prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease and should consider screening at age 45. The ACS recommends regular screenings starting at age 50.
Regular screenings are the key to preventing prostate cancer and saving lives. Other ways to reduce risk of prostate cancer include eating a healthy diet with a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight. If you have a high risk of prostate cancer, talk to you doctor about other treatment options that may help reduce the risk.
“Early detection of prostate cancer with an annual screening blood test is key to saving lives and minimizing the side effects of treatment,” said W. Jeff Wilson, Jr., MD, a physician at Hattiesburg Clinic Urology.
About Hattiesburg Clinic Urology
The mission of Hattiesburg Clinic Urology is to provide the most comprehensive urologic care possible in an efficient and timely manner, emphasizing the needs of the individual patient. Urology treats common urological conditions including bladder prolapse, enlarged prostate, erectile dysfunction, incontinence, infertility, kidney stones, painful bladder syndrome, prostatitis, UTI infections. Common services we provide are brachytherapy, laparoscopic, laser therapies, lithotripsy, robotic surgery, same-day treatment for kidney stones and vasectomy services. We deliver urological services through an integrated approach that combines clinical experience, technology and accessibility. Urology is located on the first floor of Hattiesburg Clinic’s main facility, located at 415 S. 28th Ave. in Hattiesburg. The contact information for the department is (601) 268-5888.
- The American Cancer Society, 2021, Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer, https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/about/key-statistics.html
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Aug. 20, 2020, Prostate Cancer Awareness, https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/prostatecancer/index.htm