Aside from skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Therefore, it’s important to learn some facts about prostate cancer screenings and make sure you, or the males in your life, are getting screened for prostate cancer in a timely manner.
Early Detection of Prostate Cancer Can Provide Better Outcomes for Patients!
All men, even healthy ones, can benefit from making prostate cancer screenings part of their regular healthcare routine. Doctors sometimes recommend testing simply because of age or family history. Other times, patients have some symptoms, and their doctor may suggest a prostate cancer screening as the first step to understanding the problem. Below is some information that can help you know when it’s the right time to get screened.
Many of you may have heard that the American Cancer Society (ACS) changed the age of colorectal screening for individuals at an average risk to age 45 at the end of May. But why? While the number of diagnoses for colorectal cancer for adults aged 55 and over has declined over the last 20 years, a disturbing increase of 51% in colorectal diagnoses has been noted for adults under the age of 50 since 1994 (American Cancer Society, 2018). Furthermore, death rates from colorectal cancer in the younger age group are also rising. Based on these statistics, the ACS funded a modeling study that used the age 45 to begin screening rather than at the age of 50. The ACS found that it is more likely that adults will have more favorable outcomes at the lowered age.
I recently turned 50 which meant it was time for my first colonoscopy. Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths and generally when caught early, has a good cancer prognosis. Yet, 30% of adults age 50 and older have not had a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer! However, getting your first colonoscopy doesn’t have to be scary, and you can prep to make the procedure go as smoothly as possible.
As a kid, the only time I wondered about a colon was whether I used it correctly when writing a paper. As I neared the age of 50, I worried if the 5 feet of my colon was healthy. More people need to worry about their colon too. Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States and is the 3rd leading cause of deaths caused by cancer.1 Colorectal cancer is most often diagnosed in adults over the age of 50 though over the last few decades there has been an increase in the diagnosis of colorectal cancers in adults younger than 50.
Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. The 2017 estimate is 135,430 new diagnoses of colorectal cancer and 50,260 deaths. The goal for health care providers is to reduce these deaths through early detection. Colon polyps can develop over 10-15 years. When detected early, polyps can be removed reducing the risk of developing and dying of rectal or colon cancer. Early detection becomes your ally yet, only 60% of Americans who should get screened, do.