by Bishop Dr. Peter L. Baker | Project Manager, I AM Kingdom Brands
We seem to hear about Prostate cancer more frequently these days. So, let’s have a laypersons discussion concerning all the fuss about Prostate cancer. I’m not a medical professional by any means, but this subject is worth discussion.
I remember my physician telling me to get a screening (PSA) because of my familial history of enlarged prostates. This prompted me to look up some things about this condition.
Like many, I had my myths about prostate cancer.
Myth 1 Prostate cancer surgery will end your sex life and cause urine leakage
Myth 2 Only elderly men get prostate cancer
Myth 3 You must start treatment right away
Myth 4 A high PSA score means you have prostate cancer
Myth 5 If you get prostate cancer, you’ll die from the disease
With this said, let’s review some definitive facts about prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate — a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men.
Usually, prostate cancer grows slowly and is initially confined to the prostate gland, where it may not cause serious harm. However, while some types grow slowly and may need minimal to no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.
Prostate cancer that’s detected early, when it’s still confined to the prostate gland, has a better chance of successful treatment. This explains why my doctor thought it to be important that I get tested, due to the benefits of early detection.
In particular, we’ve known for a long time that prostate cancer disproportionately affects black men. In fact, the rate of prostate cancer is about 60 percent higher for black men than in white men, and studies show their chances of dying from it are two to three times higher.
Yet, 9 in 10 men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States have the localized disease. Localized prostate cancer has not spread outside the prostate and generally does not cause symptoms. Because there are many treatment options, dating back to the late ’70s, the need for early detection speaks loudly, yet again.
You may ask what happens if I chose NOT to get tested, and wonder if there are indications of prostate cancer? In the early stages, there are little to no signs or symptoms of cancer.
As it advances, though, you may experience these symptoms:
Trouble with urination
Decreased force in the urination stream
Blood in semen
Discomfort in the pelvic area
So, in this men’s health month, do yourself a favor and get tested. You have nothing to lose – but the fear and worry.
Bishop Dr. Peter L. Baker