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Cancer screening is for men, too
April 30, 2012 - Rob Weaver
National Cancer Control Month is drawing to a close, but steps people can take to avoid the disease if possible and detect it as early as possible if not continue all life long. Mention early detection, and people likely think of breast exams. That’s a testament to the folks who promote breast cancer screening and exams — for women and men. But the Prostate Cancer Awareness Fund of the Tiffin Charitable Foundation wants to educate men and their families about that disease, too. According to information from the fund, prostate cancer is the fifth leading cause of death in men older than 45, with one in six men having the probability of being diagnosed with this cancer in their lifetime. Those men whose father or brother has had prostate cancer have an even greater risk of developing the disease. A good tool in screening is the prostate-specific antigen test. “While not all medical experts agree that regular screening for prostate cancer saves lives, knowledge of this disease, the screenings or alternatives to screening that are available and informed decision making all will assist in the early detection and resulting successful treatment of this disease,” the fund stated in a release. “If 100 men over the age of 50 take the PSA test, 85 will have a normal PSA level and 15 will have a higher than normal PSA. Of those 15 requiring further testing, 12 will not have prostate cancer ... but 3 will.” Thus, men of a certain age -- older than 45 -- should ask their physician about their risk for prostate cancer. And men and women, boys and girls of any age are welcome to celebrate American Cancer Society’s success in helping people live longer and have more birthdays during the annual Birthday Bash at noon Monday at the bandstand in Hedges-Boyer Park. Consider it a warmup for the Relay For Life, set for 6 p.m. May 11 to noon May 12, also at Hedges-Boyer. See? National Cancer Control Month is ending, but the battle against cancer continues.
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