Understanding Prostate Changes

By Dr. Samuel K. Park of Avera Medical Group Sibley

Men tend to delay their prostate screening, but there is a real cost to delaying a screening. Men become more at risk for prostate cancer the older they become. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, except for skin cancers.

Enlargement of the prostate gland results in increased frequency and decreased force while urinating. Men may find that they are getting up often during the night to urinate, dribbling when they urinate, or having a constant sensation that they have not emptied their bladder. Many men attribute this issue to aging when it could be an underlying prostate problem, including cancer.

The risk of prostate cancer in men increases rapidly after the age at 50. About 30% of men over age 50 and 70% of men over age 70, have at least some cancerous cells in their prostate glands.

Like other cancers, the sooner prostate cancer is caught the easier it may be to treat and potentially beat. All men over the age of 50 should take ten minutes to get their prostate examined –a short time commitment that may potentially save your life.

To schedule your prostate screening at Avera Medical Group Sibley, please call 712-754-3658 today.