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1 In 9 American Men Will Be Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

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Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the U.S. What should you know and do to help prevent a diagnosis?

Early symptoms for prostate cancer vary, and can include urination-related issues, pain or discomfort when sitting, and fatigue. Patients can even be asymptomatic. Erectile dysfunction is commonly mistaken as a symptom of prostate cancer, but treatments for the disease can cause this problem.

It can be a serious diagnosis but with regular screenings and treatment, the average survival rate is more than 90%. Regular prostate exams are vital for early detection, especially for men age 65 and older.

What are the risk factors? What preventative measures can be taken? Can certain lifestyle changes help someone avoid diagnosis? How often should men be screened and what does that process entail?

What are the next steps for a man who's received a prostate cancer diagnosis? What medical resources and support groups are available locally?

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*This interview was recorded on Monday, September 30.

 

Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.