Just as breast cancer is common in women above 45 years of age, so is prostate enlargement and cancer in men over the age of 60. Des Moines urologists report that statistics estimate that one out of six men in the world will be diagnosed with prostate cancer before they reach the big 5-0.
Why should men be worried about prostate cancer?
Because not only can it affect their sexuality, it can have deadly consequences. And since many men don’t go to the doctor unless they have an emergency, early detection continues to be a dangerous challenge.
Des Moines urologist Dr. Fawad Zafarsays that unlike in the past, when prostate cancer was detected in mostly older men, today men of all ages need to be conscientious about getting checked for the disease. And because the disease typically has no symptoms, this is even more imperative.
Some men with prostate cancer may experience warning signs, especially in the advanced stages of the disease.
Following are some factors that can increase the risk.
Black/African-American Descent. Black men have the highest rate of prostate cancer diagnosis and death in the world and they seem to get a more severe form.
Family History. A man is twice as likely to get the disease if he has one first-degree relative with a history of prostate cancer. And don’t forget the women in the family; prostate cancer risk can be inherited from the mother’s family as well.
Over the Age of 50. In men between 40-49, the risk of developing prostate cancer is one in 50, from 60-79, it’s one in seven. Testing should begin at the age of 40.
Overweight. Being overweight or obese is another prostate cancer risk; researchers found that men who put on extra weight in their 20s and 30s face a higher risk.
Eating Fatty and Fried Foods. Foods high in saturated fats, especially red meat and dairy products, appear to be the worst dietary for prostate cancer.
Smoking Cigarettes. Research doesn’t yet show that smoking causes prostate cancer, but it has proven that it can help it grow faster and more aggressively.
Urinary Problems. If a man gets up recurrently in the middle of the night to urinate, he could have problems with his prostate. Any changes in urination should be evaluated by your Des Moines urologist.
Painful Bowel Movements. Because the prostate is positioned on the other side of the rectal wall, prostate cancer can often cause pain during a bowel movement.
If even half of these factors apply to you, make an appointment with your Des Moines urologist today to put your mind at ease!