What you should know about prostate cancer

From NMMC-Eupora


The most common non-skin cancer and second leading cause of cancer death in men is prostate cancer, but it can be successfully treated.

It is one of the Top 5 cancers treated both nationwide and at North Mississippi Medical Center. Both the American Urological Association and American Cancer Society recommend that beginning at age 50, men should talk to their health care provider about their personal risk profile and what screenings are appropriate for them.

Risk factors for prostate cancer include:

Age: your risk increases rapidly after age 50

Race/ethnicity: occurs more often in African-American men

Family history: men with a father or brothers who have had prostate cancer are at increased risk, especially if their relatives were diagnosed before age 50

Diet: studies show that men who eat a lot of red meat and high-fat dairy products are at increased risk

Make plans to participate in KOMEN NORTH MISSISSIPPI RACE FOR THE CURE on Oct. 26 starting at Fairpark in downtown Tupelo. For more information, call 377-4903 or visit www.komennorthms.org.