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THINGS MEN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER
Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among men in the United States. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States, after lung cancer, and the seventh leading cause of death overall for men in this country.
Prostate cancer is most successfully treated when it is diagnosed early, when there may be no or minimal symptoms. Usually if the diagnosis is made early, it was made from a blood test or a digital examination. As the disease advances, symptoms may include difficult or frequent urination, blood in the urine or bone pain.
According to the American Cancer Society, several factors can affect the risk of developing prostate cancer:
There are tests that can assist in identifying early prostate cancer. There are risks associated with early screening since the testing may lead to biopsies and treatments associated with complications. It is extremely important that men talk with their doctors about the benefits, risks, side effects, and questions about early prostate cancer tests and treatment in order to make the decision that is right for them individually.
Prostate cancer screening consists of two examinations:
We encourage TRICARE® beneficiaries to learn the risks, watch for early signs of cancer and talk to health care providers when they see or feel anything unusual. Remember, good health begins with you.
You can learn more about prostate cancer from the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control websites:
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