September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time where men need to remember a screening needs to be scheduled. Dr. Phillip Hines is with the Radiation Oncologist Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center in Lincoln and says the magic age to get screened is 50. If there is a family history, patients should be screened at 45 or as young as 40.
Dr. Hines says the 50 is also the age when you should schedule a colonoscopy.
There are questions that eating a fatty diet or one containing lots of red meat can trigger prostate cancer. Dr. Hines says in a round-about way that may be true as prostate cancer can be triggered by increased serum testosterone. This causes the prostate gland to grow, including the cancer cells it contains.
Dr. Hines says they are learning more about prostate cancer through a study conducted by the Veteran’s Administration and it shows if men live long enough, they will likely develop prostate cancer at some point in their life.
For those under the age of 70 who are diagnosed, the best treatment option is surgery. For those over 70, radiation is the treatment of choice.