According to Urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar, new studies show that prostate cancer among young men has increased six-fold during the past 20-year period. Even scarier, the disease is spreading faster and proving to be deadlier in men under the age of 55 compared to men in their 70s and 80s.
The type of prostate cancer younger men are contracting seems to be more aggressive than the ‘typical’ prostate cancer, which often grows slowly and is typically not life-threatening.
Urologists aren’t really certain why cases of this type of prostate cancer are on the increase. According to your urologist Des Moines, one theory is that screening for prostate cancer has been improved, meaning that since more young men are getting screenings, more cancers are being detected at an earlier stage. But this new data also proposes that these screenings are not the reason for the increase in cancer cases, while at the same time, researchers aren’t sure what is.
The fact that prostate cancer is more aggressive in young men has experts puzzled too. The fact remains that these younger men, who account for 10 percent of all prostate cancer cases, can surely die from the disease if it’s not identified in its early stages.
This information contradicts what has been published in the press lately — that men no longer need to be concerned about prostate cancer. While many older men develop prostate cancer that’s not life-threatening, young men with an aggressive form of the disease need to have it diagnosed early so that your urologist Des Moines can offer interventions to save lives.
One thing is for sure – males with a family history of prostate cancer are at a much higher risk of contracting the disease themselves. Researchers say that these men are two to three times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and the risk is even greater for men who have had multiple relatives affected by the disease.
While the PSA tests aren’t perfect, they can still prove to be life-saving. It can still be a helpful test when it’s coupled with a rectal exam and with a skeptical and educated understanding.
Don’ take chances! If you are at risk for prostate cancer – regardless of your age – call the office of urologist Des Moines today to schedule a consultation!