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This month, and every day of the year, Memorial asks you to recognize the importance of getting checked yearly for prostate cancer, especially if you are 50 years of age and older or if you have a family history. Prostate cancer is diagnosed through a physical examination, a PSA blood test, imaging of the prostate and, potentially, a biopsy. With early detection, prostate cancer is highly treatable.

In Mississippi

Prostate cancer remains the number one cancer among men in Mississippi, where as many as 1,400 new cases could be diagnosed each year, according to the American Cancer Society.

Risk Factors

The biggest risk factors are gender, race and family history. Prostate cancer is relatively rare in men under 40, but the chance of being diagnosed rises significantly after age 50 and roughly two-thirds of prostate cancers are found in men over age 65. African American males have an even greater risk.

Signs and symptoms

There are no symptoms of early stage prostate cancer. However, contact your doctor if you have any of the following:

  • the need to urinate frequently
  • difficulty urinating
  • painful or burning urination
  • loss of bladder control
  • numbness or pain in the hips, legs or feet
  • erectile dysfunction
At your annual physical examination with your primary care provider, you should discuss risk factors and any symptom of prostate cancer you've had. Your healthcare provider may recommend you have a digital rectal exam or a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. These tests can detect cancer early and allow time for treatment.

So put on the gown, get your check-up!



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