Prostate Cancer Awareness

Early detection and treatment are key for prostate cancer

An estimated 161,360 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2017, according to the American Cancer Society. While prostate cancer is a serious disease, more than 2.9 million men in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives are alive today.

We encourage you to ask your physician about a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. The screening measures the prostate-specific antigen in your blood. An elevated PSA may indicate prostate cancer.

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men after skin cancer

Prostate cancer is called a silent killer. One in seven American men will be diagnosed with the disease during his lifetime.

It is the third-leading cause of cancer death in U.S. men, behind lung cancer and colorectal cancer. It often has no symptoms until it has advanced or spread to other areas of the body. Yet when found early, prostate cancer is curable for up to 90 percent of patients.

Prostate cancer doesn’t have common early symptoms, and many of its signs are also associated with other conditions. Anyone who experiences the following should contact his physician for an examination:

  • • Urinary issues
    • • Problems passing urine
    • • Burning, pain or other discomfort with urination
    • • Frequent urination
    • • Slow or weak urine stream
    • • Feeling of incomplete urination
    • • Urinary incontinence
    • • Nocturia (nighttime urination)
    • • Hematuria (blood in the urine)
    • • Urinary tract infections
  • • Impotency
  • • Pain in the hips, lower back (spine), chest (ribs), upper thighs or other areas
  • • Weakness or numbness in legs or feet

2XFamily history of prostate cancer more than doubles the risk

Several risk factors have been identified that dramatically increase the chances of developing prostate cancer. High-risk factors for prostate cancer include:

  • • Being African-American
  • • Having a family history of prostate cancer (father, brother or uncle)
  • • Having a personal or family history of:
    • • Lynch syndrome
    • • Uterine, ovarian or breast cancer
    • • PTEN/BRCA gene mutations
    • • Any abnormal rectal exam
    • • Obstructive urinary symptoms unresponsive to treatment

Ways to reduce your risk of prostate cancer

While no one can prevent prostate cancer, you can reduce your chances of developing the disease by doing the following:

  • • Adhere to a healthy diet.
  • • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • • Get physically active.
  • • Schedule an annual physical exam with your primary care physician to discuss your risk.

90%Early detection and treatment can result in a cure for up to 90% of patients. Make a date with your physician to ask about a PSA

The University of Kansas Health System recommends that men should have their first PSA screening at age 55, and then every year going forward until age 75.

Screening for prostate cancer is the cornerstone of early detection. If you have questions about whether a PSA screening is right for you, or need assistance scheduling a screening, call
913-588-1227 or toll free 844-323-1227. Learn more about prostate cancer.

Prostate Cancer Research at The University of Kansas Cancer Center

The University of Kansas Cancer Center seeks to accelerate cancer prevention, discovery and care to save and improve lives with leading-edge, interdisciplinary cancer research.

Learn more about some of our latest prostate cancer-related research.

Hitting the Perfect Bullseye to Stop Prostate Cancer from Spreading
Investigators with our Drug Discovery, Delivery and Experimental Therapeutics Research program search for targets to treat metastatic prostate cancer.