The longer men live, the greater the likelihood that their prostate will enlarge and the greater the risk for prostate cancer. Not all enlarged prostates or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) lead to cancer. It is, however, possible for men to have both BPH and cancer.
There are no early symptoms for prostate cancer, so it is very important to have regular prostate cancer screening tests. When caught early, prostate cancer often never becomes life-threatening. In fact, while one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, only one man in 34 will die from the disease.
Two simple annual prostate screenings can detect prostate cancer early and give you more prostate cancer treatment options. At Northwest Community Hospital, we offer prostate screenings twice a year, which includes a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal exam (DRE). However, your personal physician can also perform these tests during your annual check-up.
Other tests for prostate enlargement could include:
Prostate cancer is often diagnosed before symptoms occur. However, signs of prostatic cancer include:
After the initial shock has worn off, the first thought crossing the mind of many diagnosed with prostate cancer is "What now?" Northwest Community Hospital offers a prostate cancer second opinion program that gives men diagnosed with prostate cancer an opportunity to explore the many prostate cancer treatment options available.
Through the second opinion program, our experienced prostate cancer team helps men weigh the pros and cons of the latest prostate cancer treatment options. The main goal of NCH's second opinion program is to ensure that prostate cancer patients get what they need, when they need it. To request a second opinion, call our prostate nurse navigator at 847.618.6572. She'll work to ensure your appointment is scheduled within a week of your initial request.
The prostate cancer second opinion experience:
Make sure you're getting the best possible prostate care. Find a physician now or call 847.618.4YOU (4968) for a free physician referral.