Caregivers in Beverly Hills, CA – Prostate Cancer Awareness
For many men, prostate cancer is not a popular topic of conversation. It should be. The average man has a 1 out of 7 chance of developing prostate cancer and it’s the second most common form of cancer for men. The chances of getting prostate cancer increases with age so getting regular screenings is of the utmost importance. Men over 65 are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer but beginning health screenings around age 50 is advised.
The following risk factors increase the chances of a man developing prostate cancer.
- Location- Men who live in North America have a greater chance of developing prostate cancer
- Weight- men who are obese or overweight are at a higher risk for prostate cancer
- Family history of cancer
- Race- African American men are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer
- Age- the older you are the greater the risk of developing prostate cancer
Prostate screenings can be a life saver. The screening is usually done by a DRE, a digital rectum exam, or by PSA, a prostate-specific antigen blood test. While neither of these tests is extremely pleasant, they are necessary. These tests are not always 100% accurate so it’s important to consult with your doctor regarding the results.
The number of screenings you need is determined by the blood test. If your results were over 2.5ng/ml you will need to get a screening every year. If the results fall below 2.5ng/ml you will only need to go once every two years. In America, prostate cancer is number two on the list of cancers leading to death in men. However, the numbers of deaths caused by prostate cancer have begun to decrease most likely due to regular screenings, earlier diagnosis, and improved treatment.
If you can identify with one or more of the risk factors associated with prostate cancer, it’s important to have a serious talk with your doctor. Your doctor will help you determine how often you need screening and when these screenings should begin. The best and most effective way to lower your risks of developing prostate cancer is to have regular screenings.
Make sure your elderly father gets his regular doctor checkups. It’s vitally important in order to prevent serious disease from getting into the more advanced stages. Early detection is the next best thing after prevention.
For help with doctor’s appointments and other daily needs your elderly loved one may have, consider hiring a home care provider.
There’s no one answer to the question of when the time is right for in-home care.
However, if you consider the points raise here today, you’ll have a better idea of when it’s time for in-home care.
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