Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, age 80, has announced that he has prostate cancer. Does this announcement come at a time when his private-words-made-public caused his societal stature to plummet to invoke sympathy? After all, a man Sterling’s age has susceptibility to have prostate cancer.
According to the CDC, as men age, the propensity to develop prostate cancer increases. A man Sterling’s age has an increased chance of getting prostate cancer; that is 1 in 6 men. It appears Mr. Sterling may not be invoking sympathy as these statistics can be alarming for aging men.
So what should men look for as they age in order to be aware of any signs of prostate cancer? First of all, there are no warning signs of early prostate cancer. There can be the appearance of a tumor that causes the prostate gland to swell. If the tumor is cancerous, it may spread beyond the prostate and may cause the following symptoms may happen:
• A frequent need to urinate, especially at night
• Difficulty starting or stopping a stream of urine
• A weak or interrupted urinary stream
• Leaking of urine when laughing or coughing
• Inability to urinate standing up
• A painful or burning sensation during urination or ejaculation
• Blood in urine or semen
To get tested for prostate cancer, see your doctor who will order a PSA screening and get it done annually. University Hospitals of Cleveland have expressed concern over the decline of the PSA screening. According to an article in Cleveland.com, UH states “separately, about 29,480 men will die of prostate cancer in 2014. “During 2009, 43,498 PSA screenings were performed. Nearly 65 percent of those were ordered by internal medicine physicians. Urologists accounted for just over 6 percent of orders.” It was during this time, screening tests began to decrease.
Many people believe that prostate cancer is curable and stoppable. The truth of the matter, that is correct but you have to get screened. Keeping up annual physicals and screening will ensure that if prostate cancer visits you, it will be caught early and your chances of living a full and healthy life will increase.