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MedicAlert Emphasizes the Importance of Early Detection and Prevention of Prostate Cancer during National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

If you or a loved one has experienced the fear of a possible cancer diagnosis; you likely understand the extreme importance of recognizing symptoms, early detection, and taking proactive steps in your daily life to prevent prostate cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among American men. In 2014 alone; an estimated 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and approximately 29,480 men will lose their lives to a cancerous prostate.

During the month of September; MedicAlert recognizes the efforts made by health experts, health supporters, and others concerned with men’s prostate health to raise awareness for the rising issue of prostate cancer in the United States through:

 

● Increasing public awareness of the importance of protecting prostate health

● Providing easily available prostate health screenings

● Educating about the risk factors and symptoms of prostate-related diseases, and

● Advocating for further research on prostate health issues.

 

Early Detection and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

Although prostate cancer continues to be a leading cause of cancer death in middle-aged American men; if detected at an early stage, treatment can be successful.

Beginning at age 40, if you have a family history of Prostate cancer, it is recommended to get an annual Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) and Digital Rectal Exam (DRE).

 If you have no family history, it is important beginning at age 50 to ask your doctor for information about annual screenings and if it is recommended you should have them.

Be mindful of any early symptoms you or your loved ones may be experiencing including:

●A frequent need to urinate, especially at night

●Difficulty starting or stopping a stream of urine

●A weak or interrupted urinary stream

●Leaking of urine when laughing or coughing

● Inability to urinating standing up

●A painful or burning sensation during urination or ejaculation

●The presence of blood in urine or semen

These symptoms are common in the early stages of prostate cancer; however, can also be indicators of the presence of another disease. Your physician will ensure a thorough work-up to determine the underlying cause.

 

The Benefits of a MedicAlert medical ID following Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer

When battling a life-threatening disease such as prostate cancer; the treatment options are vast and doctor’s appointments are frequent and consuming.  Often times, when considering life-saving measures such as surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy; loved ones become profoundly concerned for your health.

In addition, they may worry about the possible side-effects; and how their support can aid you in your treatment process. With a MedicAlert medical ID; your loved ones can have the peace of mind in knowing they will be updated regarding your condition if an emergency occurs through our trusted 24/7 family notification service.

Your personalized medical ID will immediately notify first responders and medical personnel to your medical condition and any specific treatment needs you may need. As your course of treatment changes, including medications and dosages, your personal electronic health record will reflect this up-to-date information ensuring you receive exceptional medical care if you become unresponsive. 

MedicAlert Team Member