DENVER - Prostate cancer is the second leading cancer killer in men behind lung cancer. According to University of Colorado Hospital, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Nearly 218,000 men are diagnosed with the disease each year and approximately 32,000 men die from it.
According to the Mayo Clinic, prostate cancer may not cause signs or symptoms in its early stages. Prostate cancer that is more advanced may cause signs and symptoms such as:
- Trouble urinating
- Decreased force in the stream of urine
- Blood in the urine
- Blood in the semen
- General pain in the lower back, hips or thighs
- Discomfort in the pelvic area
- Bone pain
- Erectile dysfunction
Unlike other cancers, men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer are oftentimes confronted with many treatment options including: surgery, external beam radiation therapy, brachytherapy "seeds", cryotherapy or even active surveillance with following biopsies and lab tests. In order for patients to make the right decision for their cancer and personal situation, several visits with different providers including urology, medical oncology and radiation oncology are frequently recommended. More than a dozen clinical trials are underway to discover new, more effective therapies.
While the methods of treating and detecting prostate cancer are much better now than they were even 10 years ago, both men and women have to stop being embarrassed when talking about prostate health. One event to help women is "Save the Males." The fundraiser, which is exclusively for women, is Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton in Denver. Lannie Garrett of Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret is the entertainment. For more information: call 720-848-7772 or go to savethemalesdenver.org.