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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. Tobin and Dr. Holt (Source: http://coastalcancercenter.com/) Dr. Tobin and Dr. Holt (Source: http://coastalcancercenter.com/)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, so Friday on WMBF News at 4 p.m., Theo and Michael sat down to talk with Dr. Sue Tobin and Dr. Lawrence Holt from the Coastal Cancer Center.

Here are some important points from their discussion:

Who is most at risk for prostate cancer? What are the risk factors?

-Aging men over the age of 65

-Men with a family history of prostate cancer

-Men of African-American descent

Source: NCCN.org

Signs and symptoms during the early localized stages:

Problems passing urine

Blood in urine

Pain in hips, back and chest

(Source: Cancer.org – American Cancer Society)

Signs and symptoms during the late metastatic stages:

Weakness or numbness in legs or feet

Trouble controlling urination

When should men start screening for prostate cancer?

By the age of 50 years

Men with high risk factors – 45 years

Men should get a prostate screening annually

(Source: NCCN.org) 

There are two forms of prostate screening:

PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) Blood Test

Digital Rectal Exam

(Source: NCCN.org)

SOUTH CAROLINA PROSTATE CANCER STATISTICS:

-For South Carolina men, 3,205 new prostate cancer cases were diagnosed in 2009.  220 of those new prostate cancer cases were diagnosed in Horry County men

-In 2009, 469 South Carolina men died from prostate cancer. 29 of those death occurred among Horry County men

-Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men in South Carolina. The state ranks 7th in the nation for prostate cancer deaths.

(Source: SC Central Cancer Registry on SCDHEC.gov – most recent numbers) 

ADDITIONAL NATIONAL PROSTATE CANCER FACTS (Source: Cancer.org – American Cancer Society)

-An estimated 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2013 nationwide.

-The average age of men at the time of a prostate cancer diagnosis is 67 years old.

-About 29,720 men in the United States will die of prostate cancer this year.

-Prostate cancer is the #2 leading cause of cancer death in American men, only behind lung cancer.

-About 2.5 million men who were at some point diagnosed with prostate cancer are alive today.

(Source: Cancer.org – American Cancer Society)

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