September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
Prostate Cancer is the second most common cancer among men, after Sking Cancer. It’s the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men, after Lung Cancer.
It’s deadly. It can be treated successfully, but early discovery is the key. If you’re a man and over about 40, you need to be tested.
The PSA test requires a blood draw, but a rectal exam is still the best way to discover it. Yes, a rectal exam is, if you’ll excuse the pun, a pain in the ass. That said, a bit of momentary discomfort is nothing compared to a late diagnosis.
If the PSA or rectal exam are positive, the next step is a confirmatory biopsy. Again, not a pleasant experience, or so I’ve been told, but it’s better than the alternative.
There are about 175,000 cases diagnosed each year and over 31,000 of the patients will eventually die from the disease.
You can go to the Kilted To Kick Cancer page on Facebook to learn more. I don’t know of the coterie of bloggers are going to have a contest this year, but I’m sure you can find somewhere to donate.
Don’t become a statistic, get screened.
Donate so that we can someday have a prostate cancer free world.
That is all.