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Prostate Cancer: Early Detection and Treatment Can Yield Success

Last updated: Apr 10, 2012


What is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is a slow-growing disease that usually affects men aged 65 years and older. 

You might be at risk for prostate cancer if you:

  • Are age 65 years or older
  • Are African American
  • Have a family member who has had prostate cancer

"Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men," says Summit Medical Group urologist Michael A. Volpe, MD. "But more men are surviving the disease more than ever because of early detection and effective treatment!" 

Symptoms for Prostate Cancer
Dr. Volpe cautions that many men with prostate cancer have no symptoms. "For this reason," he emphasizes, "you should see your doctor immediately if you:

  • Urinate often
  • Have difficulty starting or stopping your urinary flow
  • Experience pain or stiffness in your lower back, hips, or upper thighs
  • Have difficulty having an erection
  • Experience painful ejaculation"

Prostate cancer risk includes:

  • Being age 65 years or older
  • Being African American
  • Having a father or brother who has had the disease

"The American Cancer Society recommends prostate cancer screening if you are a man aged 45 years or older and at high risk," says Dr. Volpe. "Other men should begin screening at age 50 unless their physician has recommended earlier screening." 

The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screen and digital rectal examination (DRE) can help detect prostate cancer in its early stages.

To learn more about screening for prostate cancer or to schedule an appointment,
please call Summit Medical Group Urologytoday 
at 908-277-8679