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Prostate Cancer is a disease of the prostate gland, which is found in men below the bladder and in front the rectum. Among Michigan men It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death.
Prostate Cancer Risk Factors
All men are at risk for prostate cancer.
- Age- The biggest risk factor. The older the man, the greater their chance of getting prostate cancer.
- Race/Ethnicity- Black men are more often diagnosed with prostate cancer than men of other races and are also more likely to die from prostate cancer.
- Family History- Having a father or brother with prostate cancer increases a man’s risk for developing the disease.
Prostate Cancer Screening
If you are thinking of being screened for prostate cancer, talk to your provider about the benefits and harms of different options. This video on the CDC website helps men understand their prostate cancer screening options.
- The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends for men aged 55-69 years to discuss with their provider the benefits and harms of prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening.
- The USPSTF recommends against PSA-based screening for prostate cancer in men 70 years and older.
- U.S. Preventive Services: Prostate Cancer Screening
Source: CDC -What is Screening for Prostate Cancer?
Managing Symptoms After Prostate Cancer
Men with prostate cancer may experience health related concerns that continue after treatment has ended. MDHHS partnered with the Michigan Public Health Institute, a multi-disciplinary content expert team, and survivors to revise guides that provide information on managing different health concerns following treatment. The guides also list websites that can be viewed for additional sources of support and resources.
- Bowel Problems After Radiation
- Sexual Side Effects
- Sexual Side Effects For Gay and Bisexual Men
- Urine Problems After Radiation