September marks Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, and one-in-six men will be diagnosed with the disease. September marks Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and Dr. Koushik Shaw with Austin Urology Institute joined Erin Cargile on KXAN News Today to offer prevention tips and explain the symptoms.

Shaw urges men to regularly see their doctor, especially if they are over the age of 50. He stressed the importance of getting a blood test and rectal exam every 1-2 years to help catch prostate cancer early. Shaw says prostate cancer is often a silent disease. If you’re feeling symptoms, he says it is likely the disease has spread. Prostate cancer symptoms include back pain and severe urinary problems.

“The beauty of early screening and detection is there is almost a 90-100% cure rate if the prostate cancer is caught early,” Shaw said. “By the time you come in and you have symptoms.. I’ve got back pain because it’s spread to my bone… that’s an entirely different situation.”

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