Prostate cancer risks in men

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An international charity is raising awareness for men’s health issues this November. Its not usually something that’s ever talked about. Its usually something that is brushed aside, maybe said in passing.

Prostate cancer kills 30,000 men each year in the U.S., but its a health issue a lot of guys don’t talk about. 

The Movember Foundation is encouraging men to grow a mustache for November and be open to talking about prostate cancer and other health issues. 

“I think its very important There is definitely a stigma associated against men speaking out about their problems and it raises a much needed awareness.” Joseph Brunelle, Northampton

The prostate gland looks like a walnut and is only found in men. Prostate cancer symptoms include painful urination, blood in the urine, and pain in the lower back, hips, and thighs. 

Prostate Cancer affects men of all ages but the risk of developing it increases as you get older. Prostate Cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. 

Men are recommend to begin prostate cancer screenings at age 55, but 45 if you’re African American.

Baystate Urology Medical Director Dr. Richard Alexander told 22News early screenings can be the difference between living and dying from prostate cancer. 

“We do know that screening extends survival with men diagnosed with prostate cancer, but only at a certain time. its between ages 55 and 69 that we now know that screening extends prostate cancer survival.” Dr. Richard Alexander:Urology Medical Director, Baystate Franklin Medical Center

Dr. Alexander told 22News most prostate cancer diagnoses are low-risk, and don’t require treatment, since the cancerous cells are not big enough. 

He said there is still no scientific explanation why African American men have a higher risk for prostate cancer.

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