Advanced Prostate Cancer Care at Providence
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in American men in which genetics and age are major factors in its development. However, there are many other risk factors to consider.Providence’s specialized team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and urologists provide precise evaluation and treatment for patients with prostate cancer. Screenings are offered through your physician for men 50 years of age and older, and 45 years of age for African American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer.
Understanding Prostate Health
Prostate cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the prostate. African American men’s risk of getting prostate cancer is twice as high as that of white men. The disease may develop slowly without any obvious symptoms. However, African American men are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stages of the disease. The death rate from prostate cancer for African American men is almost three times higher than that of white men. Studies have shown that men with certain risk factors including, age, genetic disposition (family history), ethnicity, and diet are more likely to develop prostate cancer.
Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer usually does not produce any noticeable symptoms in its early stages, but some men may have urinary problems and discomfort. Other indications may include frequent, painful, and/or weak urination, difficulty starting and/or an inability to urinate, blood in the urine, and consistent lower back, pelvic, or hip pain. Consult your doctor immediately if any of these symptoms occur.Cancer is spread throughout the body through the tissue, lymph system, and blood, and is detected during a routine PSA and DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) screenings.
Cutting Edge Treatments for Prostate Cancer
Cancerous prostate cells can be removed by three most commonly used treatments—surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, cryotherapy, and/or radiation. Use of any of these treatments is dependent upon age, the presence of other medical conditions, and the level of cancer.
Support Groups and Programs for Prostate Cancer Awareness
Providence offers prostate cancer support in a caring atmosphere where men can share their experiences with other men who are battling or have battled prostate cancer. Your voice can make a difference in someone’s life...maybe your own. For more information, call (202) 269-7795.Presentations are offered throughout the community and often include informational materials, guest speakers, and incentives.