Watch for warning signs

Prostate cancer are ugly words to American men. That’s because the disease is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men, and it’s the leading cause of cancer deaths in men, behind lung cancer.

Long labled the “silent killer,” prostate cancer often develops in men without any obvious symptoms.

The American Cancer Society says one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. The statistics also show that one in seven men will be diagnosed with the disease during a lifetime. And according to the American Cancer Society, approximately 164, 690 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year, while approximately 29,430 will die as a result of the disease.

In an effort to make area residents more aware of the seriousness of prostate cancer, health officials bring to light awareness of the disease.

Men should know that nearly 100 percent of those diagnosed with prostate cancer are still alive in five years. That is why doctors recommend men over the age of 40 make an appointment to receive a yearly exam. Men who are at high risk, especially African-Americans or those who have family members with prostate cancer, should begin testing earlier.

Since the use of early detection tests for prostate cancer became relatively common about 20 years ago, the death rate has dropped, according to American Cancer Society reports.

New research also shows a low-calorie diet may help reduce prostate cancer risk, and doctors now are recommend eating a balanced diet, exercising daily and limiting alcohol consumption.

Please study the risk factors of prostate cancer. Also as important, be aware of changes in your body – you know yourself best.