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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Release Date: September 01, 2011

Men, age 50 and above or those considered high risk should discuss prostate cancer screening with their healthcare provider.

The Men of Sussex County Need to Take Control of their Health

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men. Sussex County statistics show that prostate cancer accounts for 16.6% of all cancer cases and 6.1% of cancer deaths. 1 in every 6 men will develop prostate cancer during his lifetime and 1 in 33 will die from it.

Prostate Cancer kills one man every 13 minutes!
Don't be one of them

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Men, age 50 and above or those considered high risk (African American or family history of fathers or brothers with prostate cancer) should discuss prostate cancer screening with their healthcare provider.

What is the prostate gland? - It is a small, squishy gland about the size of a walnut in a man's body that is right below the bladder. This gland is important for reproduction. Most middle aged men experience changes in the prostate gland. Enlargement is the most common change. This change can be benign (non cancerous) or cancerous.

Symptoms for prostate cancer vary from none to any combination of a group of symptoms: difficulty urinating, weak or interrupted flow, pain or burning during urination, blood in the urine, unresolved pain in the back, hips or pelvis areas. These symptoms can be caused from other issues also. Please seek medical attention if you are bothered by these symptoms.

Screening involves a visit to your regular healthcare provider or urologist to discuss screening and determine if it benefits you to have a PSA Blood Test (Prostate Specific Antigen) and a digital rectal exam. Early detection of prostate cancer may make treatment more effective.

Further information may be obtained by going to the following websites:

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/prostate 
http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/prostate 

A program of the Department of Environmental and Public Health Services, One Spring Street, Newton, N.J. 07860 Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Phone 973-579-0370 Fax 973-579-0399 health@sussex.nj.us
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