CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and doctors with Summit Urology Group are urging men to know their risk factors and ask their doctor about prostate health.
What is Prostate Cancer?
The prostate is a small, walnut shaped gland in the male urinary tract. As men age, the prostate can swell, become inflamed or enlarge, said Dr. Ashish Behari of Summit Urology Group.
Prostate Cancer is cancer that starts in the prostate gland and it is the most common cause of death from cancer for men over 75 and older, he said.
What are the risk factors?
Several factors may increase a man’s risk for prostate cancer:
- Age – The older you are, the higher the risk.
- Race – It is more common among Black or African American men.
- Family History – A father or brother with prostate cancer puts you at a higher risk.
- Body Weight – The more you weigh, the greater the risk.
- Diet – Foods high in fat, especially animal fat, increase risk.
What can you do?
The most important thing is to speak with your doctor, Dr. Behari said. A urologist can help you decide when to start preventative tests based on your risk factors.
“A urologist can help you decide the best plan of action, whether it be deciding at what age to begin preventative tests or what treatment might be best if you do have prostate cancer, including robotic assisted surgery,” he said.
It is especially important to see a doctor if you’re experiencing any of the following:
- Difficult or painful urination
- Sudden urge to urinate
- Needing to urinate often
- Developing urinary tract infections or kidney stones
- Pain spreading to the lower abdomen or groin
- Pain between the scrotum and rectum
- Pain of the penis or testicles
- Blood in urine or semen
Summit Urology Group sees patients in three convenient locations in Franklin and Cumberland Counties. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact one of our offices:
Chambersburg Hospital Medical Office Building
120 N. Seventh St., Second Floor
Chambersburg, PA 17201
9 Brookwood Ave.
Carlisle, PA 17015
Waynesboro Medical Office Building
601 E. Main St., Second Floor
Waynesboro, PA 17268
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