Ask a Specialist: Prostate Cancer

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and did you know one in seven men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime? Dr. Sergei Tikhonenkov, urologist at The Queen’s Medical Center, says it’s the most common non-skin cancer in U.S. and 27,540 men will die of prostate cancer this year.

 

It’s the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in men; 795 men in Hawaii will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, and 120 men in Hawaii will die of prostate cancer this year. Many others will have cancer spread to their bones, says Dr. Tikhonenko.

 

Men aged 55 to 69 should get checked for prostate cancer, or younger, if he has a family history of prostate cancer or is African American. The screening includes a prostate exam and blood test, and a prostate biopsy may be required.

 

Dr. Tikhonenko warns, “Most patients do not experience symptoms or signs early on, so this is important because if found early, the five-year survival rate is almost 100%. Talk to your doctor or specialist about prostate cancer screening, he urges.

 

American Cancer Society has information at cancer.org or hawaiiprostatecancer.org. You can also learn more about prostate cancer by going to The Queen’s Cancer Center’s website at www.queenscancercenter.org.

 

To learn more about prostate cancer and The Queen’s Medical Center’s nationally recognized cancer program, go to http://www.queenscancercenter.org/cancer/types-of-cancer/prostate-cancer.

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