When men reach a certain age, we become acutely – often uncomfortably – aware of our prostates.
Contrary to what you may think, most men experiencing prostate issues are dealing with benign conditions such as infections, inflammation or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate.
Still, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men and screening is important because, at its earliest stages, prostate cancer shows no symptoms. Treatments for prostate cancer can range from active surveillance – where men with low-risk, slow-growing cancer are closely monitored for any changes in the cancer – to active treatment including surgery, robotic-assisted surgery and radiation therapy.
Many organizations recommend prostate health assessment as part of men’s healthcare. That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor about prostate health and whether screening might be right for you.
Yet another reason, wide receiver Jason Avant, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the distinguished physicians at the NCI-designated Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson encourage you to make the right play.
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Jefferson and Prostate Health International’s Gary Papa Run are offering free prostate screenings on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on our Center City Campus and on Friday, September 27, 2013, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in South Philly at Jefferson at the Navy Yard.