You’re the Right Age to Turn PRO!
If you’re a man in your 40s or 50s, you’re the right age to start thinking about prostate health, and to familiarize yourself with the facts on prostate cancer, including screening, diagnosis and treatment for the disease.
That’s why Senator Tom Libous, UHS and Lourdes Hospital have teamed up to launch “I Turned PRO: PROactive on Prostate Cancer.” This prostate cancer prevention campaign has a simple message: Become a PRO, that is, become PROactive about your prostate health by talking to your primary care provider about prostate cancer and prostate cancer screenings.
“This year, some 242,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer,” explains Dave Patak, president and chief executive officer of Lourdes. “Yet, through early detection and a range of treatment options, more than two million American men are prostate cancer survivors today.”
Matt Salanger, president and chief executive officer of UHS, says: “Because this form of cancer usually doesn’t have symptoms in its early stages, most men affected by the disease don’t know they have it until they get tested. That’s why we encourage screening. It’s quick and simple, and usually can be done in the doctor’s office.”
Senator Libous, a prostate cancer survivor, urges men to have a conversation with a health care provider about prostate screening, even if the topic seems uncomfortable at first.
“Luckily, I followed the advice of my doctor and my wife, a registered nurse, by getting a PSA test every year after I hit 50,” he notes. “That probably saved my life, because the screening triggered other tests that found the disease. I’m living proof that early detection improves a man’s chances of survival.”
“I Turned PRO” emphasizes that the right decision on prostate testing (including prostate-specific antigen tests and digital rectal examinations) and treatment is the one that’s right for each man.
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Health experts recommend that African American men, who often get an aggressive form of the condition at an earlier age, discuss the issue with their doctors by age 40. This is also true of men with a family history of the disease. For other men, screening is recommended by age 50.