Barber Shop Talk: September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month!


Written by Dr. Jason T. Hayes, MD, MBA, MSPH, FACP

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer, behind skin cancer, is the most common cancer in U.S. men. 1 out of 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Also, 6 out of 10 men diagnosed with prostate cancer are 65 and older. Furthermore, Black men are more at risk than other men in the U.S.

Although prostate cancer is serious, most men diagnosed do not die from it. According to USPTF, screening for prostate cancer should be an individual one for men ages 55 to 69 years.

From the patient and clinician discussion, prostate cancer screening should be based on the patient’s family history, race/ethnicity, co-morbid medical conditions and the patient’s value(s).

Men: please ensure that you are getting your annual comprehensive exams with your primary care physician. Make sure you are discussing with your doctor your risk for prostate cancer!

If you have any questions, feel free to use the references provided below and/or ask you primary care physician for further information.

Yours truly,

Dr. Jason T. Hayes

Reference(s): American Cancer Society (ACS), American College of Physicians (ACP), United States Preventive Task Force (USPTF)


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