An unfortunate fact about mens’ health is that all men are at risk for prostate cancer. In fact, according to the CDC, about 13 will get prostate cancer during their lifetime, and about 2 to 3 men will die from prostate cancer1. Also, one of the most common risk factors for prostate cancer is age, so men are encouraged to take regular checks to properly assess their risk. Below, Dr. Edward Gheiler will explain some risk factors associated with prostate cancer and how common the condition is for young men.
As stated above, the risk of prostate cancer increases as men age. Also, developing prostate cancer as a teenager or young adult is extremely rare. The average age of diagnosis for prostate cancer is 68. However, there are recent studies that show that prostate cancer is steadily increasing among young men. This trend could be correlated with increased obesity, physical inactivity, HPV infections, environmental carcinogens, among many other things. Our South Florida urology practice recommends that men of all ages attend regular screenings to make sure that all of their bases are covered.
Some of the most common risk factors associated with prostate cancer include age, race, and family history. Specifically, the race that is often associated with prostate cancer in the United States is African-Americans. Also, like most cancers, a leading risk factor is family history. If prostate cancer runs in the family, then someone is much more likely to develop it than someone who does not have a similar family history. Specifically, the strongest correlation appears when three or more first-degree relatives have prostate cancer, or prostate cancer was present in three generations of the same family. Learning how common prostate cancer is in men in the family is a strong indicator of your risk.
Prostate cancer in the early stages presents no symptoms, but as cancer progresses, it is known to show tell-tale symptoms. These symptoms include problems urinating, blood in urine or semen, trouble getting an erection, pain in the hips, back, or other body parts because of the cancer spreading across the body. If you have any of these symptoms, our Miami urologist recommends you get screened and tested as soon as possible.
Happy Urology is a urology practice that serves men and women with urological issues. We are located in two offices in South Miami and Hialeah, the perfect location for serving South Florida residents. Some of our most popular procedures include the Penuma penis implant – a popular silicone penis implant. Dr. Gheiler is one of the best urologists in Miami, and he is ready to assist you with your urological issues. Contact us today to learn more.