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If you’re a man, this is the month to discuss prostate cancer with your doctor so that you can make informed decisions about maintaining your prostate health.

Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death for men in the United States. About one man in seven will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. However, if diagnosed early, prostate cancer can be treated successfully.  More than 2 million men in the United States count themselves as prostate cancer survivors.

About Prostate Cancer

  • The size of the prostate changes with age. In younger men, it is about the size of a walnut, but it can be much larger in older men.
  • Prostate cancer is an extremely complex disease—multiple subtypes of this cancer exist, some aggressive and lethal, others non-aggressive and non-life-threatening.
  • The vast majority of prostate cancers are slow growing.
  • It is important for men to learn about both non-aggressive, slow-growing forms of prostate cancer and aggressive forms of this disease through conversations with their doctors.

Symptoms

Early prostate cancer usually causes no symptoms. More advanced prostate cancers sometimes cause symptoms, such as:

  • Problems urinating, including a slow or weak urinary stream or the need to urinate more often, especially at night
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Trouble getting an erection (erectile dysfunction)
  • Pain in the hips, back (spine), chest (ribs), or other areas

Risk Factors

There is no way to know for sure if you will get prostate cancer. Men have a greater chance of getting prostate cancer if they:

  • are 50 years old or older
  • are African-American
  • have a father, brother, or son who has had prostate cancer

If you haven’t seen your doctor in a while, now is a good time to make an appointment for a physical and to discuss your prostate cancer risks.

CarePlus can help you take control of your health

If you’re like most men, you don’t think about your healthcare until something goes wrong. CarePlus is a free concierge healthcare service that can help you be more proactive about taking care of yourself. When you sign up for CarePlus you receive exceptional care from a concierge team ready to:

  • find the right doctor for you
  • quickly get you the appointments you need
  • get you faster access to your medical information—like lab results
  • obtain referrals to specialists and pre-authorizations
  • work with your insurer to help answer your insurance questions