National Prostate Health Month is observed every September
Bringing public awareness to the importance of prostate health, providing more accessible prostate health screenings, educating about risk factors for prostate-related diseases, and advocating for more research on prostate health issues.
In light of National Prostate Health Month, here are some facts regarding Prostate cancer:
- This year, over 161,000 men will be diagnosed with Prostate cancer.
- It is the most common non-skin cancer in men in the United States.
- More than 90% of men who are diagnosed have localized disease, meaning the cancer has not spread outside of the prostate.
- Nearly 3 million men in America are Prostate cancer survivors.
- Two screening tests detect prostate cancer:
- Digital rectal examination
- Blood test which detects prostate-specific antigen
- A diagnosis is then confirmed with a biopsy.
- There are three care options for localized Prostate cancer:
- Active surveillance – some prostate cancers may never become life-threatening. If you and your doctor choose this option, you may have more frequent DRE and PSA tests.
- Radiation therapy – Brachytherapy and external beam radiation are the two types of radiation therapy. With brachytherapy, small radioactive “seeds” are planted in the prostate. With external beam radiation, the prostate and other vital tissues are carefully targeted with radiation.
- Surgery or Radical prostatectomy – This is an operation to remove the whole prostate and nearby tissues.
- If you are over 55 years in age talk to your doctor about prostate screening.
- Some men are at higher risk. If you are 40 to 54 years old and are African American or have a family history of prostate cancer, it is recommended that you consult your physician for a prostate screening.
- To look for Prostate cancer that may have spread, some imaging tests may be performed. Those include:
At Sand Lake Imaging we are dedicated to providing the highest quality diagnostic imaging to the patients and physicians in our communities.
Our imaging equipment is the most advanced in our area and our radiologists are among the best trained in Central Florida. When it comes to your medical imaging procedures, trust the tradition of imaging excellence at Sand Lake Imaging. Our office located in The Villages is equipped with the latest state of the art 3T MRI technology and parameters to maximize prostate imaging and the detection of prostate cancer.