Movember—a time when men go the entire month without shaving their mustaches to raise money for prostate cancer awareness—is in full swing.

So, this is an ideal opportunity to breakdown everything you should know about the disease and whether or not you or a loved one could be at risk.

Prostate Cancer Causes

 Prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men, can be caused by several key risk factors including:

  • Age – A little more than half of all diagnosed cases are in men over age 70.
  • Family history – Your family’s history can play a major role in the likelihood of you getting cancer. Having a father or grandfather who was diagnosed makes you two to three times more likely to get it.
  • Ethnicity – On average, black men are two to three times more likely to get cancer than white men, while Asian men are less likely to get it than white men.

Prostate cancer accounts for nearly a quarter of all cancers diagnosed in men, so it’s more important than ever to schedule an appointment today to get the most accurate diagnosis, if you fall under any of the aforementioned risk factors.

Prostate Cancer Symptoms 

These are some of the most common prostate cancer symptoms that you should be monitoring. They can include:

  • Acute urgency to pass urine
  • Frequent, difficult or painful urination
  • Blood in the urine or semen

There are also certain non-cancerous symptoms that can still cause you to be concerned for your overall prostate health, which is understandable.

For example, benign prostatic hyperplasia—a common enlarging of the prostate—occurs in some men as they age. Although some of the symptoms of BPH can mimic those of prostate cancer, they should still be investigated nonetheless.

If for any reason you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, consult your physician or urgent care specialist before you plan a visit to Mid Florida Cancer Centers.

Effective Treatments, Expert Care

 At Mid Florida Cancer Centers, we pride ourselves on providing the most precise diagnoses, innovative treatment options, and compassionate service to our patients. If you or a loved one would like to know more information regarding prostate cancer treatment options, call us today at (866) 977-6322, or schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.