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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

 

 

SEPTEMBER IS PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

 

Prostate Cancer

  • Most common cancer in men over 5o
  • Second most frequent cause of cancer related deaths in men
  • Each year 3000 men in New Zealand diagnosed, 600 die from the disease
  • Causes no symptoms in early stages
  • Screening aids early detection
  • If caught early most cases can be managed and usually cured

 

Prostate Gland

  • A small walnut-shaped gland that surrounds the bladder opening
  • It helps make semen
  • Increases in size as men age
  • Cancer occurs when some of the cells grow out of control, damaging healthy cells

Symptoms

  • Problems with urinary flow, dribbling, trouble stopping and starting, needing to go more often, at night or urgently
  • See a doctor without delay if: blood in urine, pain or burning with urination or inability to urinate

Testing

  • PSA blood test
  • Urine test
  • Physical examination

 

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