Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men
BALTIMORE – Prostate cancer is the next most common cancer in men after skin cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, a man’s chances of being diagnosed with prostate cancer increase with age.
Not many men like to go to the doctor, and the last thing a man wants to hear is that they have cancer.
The Director of Urologic Oncology at the University of Maryland’s Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr Minhaj Siddiqui said, “When they hear cancer as the C word, whether they say it or not, they usually think of it. dead. Like, am I going to die. Not everyone verbalizes it. They are almost afraid to verbalize it sometimes.
Much of Dr. Siddiqui’s work involves treating men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
“It’s cancer that tends to strike people in their 50s and 60s. It’s also the first real major diagnosis that you know of, a meaningful diagnosis that a man will face. I mean, a lot of times men have kind of been diagnosed with blood pressure or cholesterol or whatever. These feel like chronic issues, but being told you have cancer sometimes faces a bigger diagnosis, ”Dr Siddiqui said.
Screening for prostate cancer rarely requires an invasive rectal exam – instead, it involves something called a PsA (prostate specific antigen) blood test.
“When caught early, prostate cancer doesn’t have any warning signs and it’s very important to know that. That’s why having a discussion in fact, usually with your primary care doctor, about screening for prostate cancer, screening by definition means you are looking for it without having any signs of it, ”Dr Siddiqui said.
While prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, it is not the most common cause of cancer death.
“It’s the most common cancer in men, but 90% of men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer will die from other causes,” said Dr Siddiqui.
The management of prostate cancer often requires “active surveillance”, for example actively monitoring the progression of the cancer to ensure that it does not become more aggressive. This means having regular doctor visits, blood tests, MRIs, and a genetic study.
“Most people can actually avoid treatment. Even if you need treatment, you end up delaying treatment. The treatments are effective, but they have side effects. They have urinary and sexual side effects. So if you can delay the onset of your new sexual side effects, then you know it’s so much better for you, ”said Dr. Siddiqui.
The American Cancer Society reports that most prostate cancers occur in men over 65. It also strikes men of African descent more than men of any other race. Having a relative with prostate cancer also increases your chances of getting the disease. However, as Dr. Siddiqui recommends, screening for prostate cancer is a shared decision between a man and his doctor.
“I try to calm people down. I’m trying to tell them, listen, it’s kind of a privilege to be a cancer specialist in urology, the cancers that I treat tend to have very good results, ”said Dr Siddiqui.
More information can be found at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the American Cancer Society.