Prostate Cancer: Take Time to Decide

Most prostate cancers grow slowly, and don’t cause any health problems in men who have them. A PSA test may find a prostate health problem. Treatment can cause serious side effects. Take time to ask your doctor these questions before you decide to get tested or treated for prostate cancer.

Who has a higher risk for prostate cancer?

Men who are 50 years old or older.
African-American men.
Men whose father, brother, or son had prostate cancer.

What is the PSA test?

Your prostate makes a substance called prostate-specific antigen (PSA)
The PSA test measures the PSA in your blood.
Your PSA level can be high for many reasons.

What happens next if my PSA is high?

Your doctor may repeat your PSA test.
Your doctor may send you to a specialist (urologist) for more tests, like a biopsy.

Tiny pieces of prostate tissue are removed using small needles and checked for cancer cells. Biopsies are the only way to know if you have prostate cancer.

What are my choices if a biopsy shows early prostate cancer?

Watching it closely.

Get PSA tests and biopsies regularly.
Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms like trouble urinating, blood in your urine, or pain in your back, hips, or pelvis that doesn’t go away.

Getting other treatments after talking to your doctor.

You may talk surgery to remove the prostate, radiation therapy, or hormone therapy.
You may also talk about the side effects of treatment like impotence, loss of bladder control, and bowel problems.
(From CDC)
Prostate Cancer: Take Time to Decide

Most prostate cancers grow slowly, and don’t cause any health problems in men who have them. A PSA test may find a prostate health problem. Treatment can cause serious side effects. Take time to ask your doctor these questions before you decide to get tested or treated for prostate cancer.

Who has a higher risk for prostate cancer?

  • Men who are 50 years old or older.
  • African-American men.
  • Men whose father, brother, or son had prostate cancer.
What is the PSA test?

  • Your prostate makes a substance called prostate-specific antigen (PSA)
  • The PSA test measures the PSA in your blood.
  • Your PSA level can be high for many reasons.
What happens next if my PSA is high?

  • Your doctor may repeat your PSA test.
  • Your doctor may send you to a specialist (urologist) for more tests, like a biopsy.

Tiny pieces of prostate tissue are removed using small needles and checked for cancer cells. Biopsies are the only way to know if you have prostate cancer.

What are my choices if a biopsy shows early prostate cancer?

Watching it closely.
  • Get PSA tests and biopsies regularly.
  • Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms like trouble urinating, blood in your urine, or pain in your back, hips, or pelvis that doesn’t go away.

Getting other treatments after talking to your doctor.
  • You may talk surgery to remove the prostate, radiation therapy, or hormone therapy.
  • You may also talk about the side effects of treatment like impotence, loss of bladder control, and bowel problems.

(From CDC)

Colorectal Cancer Tests Save Lives

The best test is the test that gets done

About 90% of people live 5 or more years when their colorectal cancer is found early through testing.

About 1 in 3 adults (23 million) between 50 and 75 years old is not getting tested as recommended.

10% of adults who got tested for colorectal cancer used an effective at-home stool test.

(From CDC - Vital Signs)

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The latest data questions the most recent recommendation for breast cancer screening by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which advised women to get mammograms every other year starting at age 50.

Colorectal cancer awareness campaign from Scotland.

"Here’s a little ditty called ‘The Poo Song’ telling all older folk to test their poo. http://bowelscreeningtest.org

9 out of 10 people survive bowel cancer if caught early but the early signs are often hidden. So, tell your mum, dad and your second Uncle Vlad to take the test.

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland and the risk getting it increases with age. That’s why the test is posted through every 50-74 year old’s door once every two years. If anyone you know is that age, show them this video and get them to test their poo.”

See GIFs and other poo goodies at: http://thepoosong.com

Hear the song on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/leithrecords/t…

(From NHS Scotland and Healthier Scotland, Scottish Government)

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