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          PLACES TO

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           AND FREE
 INFORMATION

         MEN’S HEALTHLINE
      1-888-MEN-2-MEN (Toll free)

      MEN’S HEALTH NETWORK
       202-543-MHN-1 (6461)
      www.menshealthnetwork.org

      PROSTATE HEALTH GUIDE
                                            BECAUSE OF ITS
      www.prostatehealthguide.com
                                        EFFECT ON LOVED ONES,                                                                          FACTS ABOUT


                                     PROSTATE PROSTATE
      THE DEAN & BETTY GALLO
    PROSTATE CANCER CENTER AT
THE CANCER INSTITUTE OF NEW JERSEY
            732–235-9597
                                             CANCER                                                                           CANCER
                                                                                                                           I Approximately 30,000 men in the U.S. die
  DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CENTER
  FOR PROSTATE DISEASE RESEARCH            I S N O T J U S T A M A N’ S
             www.cpdr.org                     P R O B L E M, I T I S A                                                       each year from prostate cancer.
                                                                                                                           I Prostate cancer can be cured if detected
 AMERICAN UROLOGICAL ASSOCIATION        FAMILY PROBLEM.                                                                      early.
                                                                                                                           I Prostate cancer is the most common cancer
            www.auanet.org
                                     Men’s Health Network thanks Judd W. Moul, MD, FACS, for contributing
                                          his expertise to the information presented in this publication.                    in men.
     AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
            www.cancer.org                                        Judd W. Moul, MD, FACS                                   I Men at high risk (men with a family history
                                                                  Professor and Chief, Urology                               of prostate cancer and African-American
NATIONAL PROSTATE CANCER COALITION                                Director, Prostate Center                                  men) should begin yearly screening for
                                                                  Duke University Medical Center                             prostate cancer at age 40 or earlier, all others
         www.pcacoalition.org
                                                                  Durham, NC
                                                                                                                             at age 50.
    NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE          Please note: The Men’s Health Network does not provide medical services. Rather,
                                       this information is provided to encourage you to begin a knowledgeable dialogue
                                                                                                                           I African-American men have the world’s
       1-800-4-CANCER (Toll free)                                                                                            highest rate of prostate cancer.
                                       with your physician. Check with your health care provider about your need for
           www.nci.nih.gov             specific health screenings.

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           WHAT IS THE                                                                                         SCREENING TESTS
PROSTATE?                                                                                                   C U R R E N T LY A V A I L A B L E

                                                                                                      PSA – Prostate Specific Antigen
  The prostate is a walnut-sized gland which
                                                                                                      A blood test that can often detect a prostate
contributes to the fluid that helps carry sperm.                                                      related problem. An abnormal test may mean
    It is located right in front of the rectum.                                                       additional testing is needed.
                                                                                                      DRE – Digital Rectal Exam
                                                                                                      A test where the doctor puts a gloved finger in
                    BLADDER                                                                           the rectum to feel the prostate.

                                                           R E M E M B E R:                                   TREATMENT OPTIONS
                                                           Prostate Cancer may be present without
                                                           any symptoms. See your doctor!                 I   Removal of the prostate (Prostatectomy)
                                                                                                          I
                                 URETHRA
                                                                                                              Radiation therapy
                                                                                                          I   Hormone therapy
 RECTUM                                                      WHAT ARE THE                                 I   Cryotherapy*
                                                             RISK FACTORS?                                I   Watchful waiting
            PROSTATE
                                                   Age – 40 or above for men with a family history    Some men with prostate cancer may
                                                   of prostate cancer and African-American            not need to have treatments.
                                                   males, 50 or above for other men.                  Men, together with their families along with
                                                   Family History – Father/brother/or male family     consultation with their doctor, need to have the
                                                   member has prostate cancer.                        facts to make informed decisions about screening
                WHAT IS
                                                                                                      and treatment for prostate cancer.
                                                   Race – African-American males are at highest
  PROSTATE                                         risk.

       CANCER                                      Early-stage prostate cancer usually has
                                                   no symptoms.                                         Y O U C A N H E L P:
  It is a group of cells growing abnormally                                                             More research on prostate cancer
                                                   Get regular checkups and see your health care        treatments are needed and men should
     out of control in the prostate that may       provider if you experience any of the following:     consider participating in clinical trials.
    invade and destroy healthy tissues and
 organs. Prostate cancer can grow differently         I   Persistent hip or back pain
       for different people. Some cancers             I   Difficulty urinating
                                                      I
                                                                                                      * Cryotherapy is an FDA-approved treatment for localized and
       grow and spread rapidly, quickly                   Painful or burning urination                  locally recurrent prostate cancer. It may cause more sexual side
     leading to death. Others grow slowly,            I   Blood in your urine                           effects than other local therapies, but interested patients should

                                                      I
                                                                                                        ask their doctor for more information.
       presenting little threat to the man.               But remember, most prostate cancers
                                                          today have no symptoms

				
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