CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- September is “Prostate Cancer Awareness Month” and advice is being offered from someone who has been diagnosed with the disease – a doctor.
Dr. Sanford Siegel was diagnosed with an advanced form of prostate cancer three years ago and has been through radiation and drug therapy.
He said three years before that he had been tested and was negative. Dr. Siegel, of the Urology Care Foundation, recommends early screening and yearly screening for men who have a history of prostate cancer in their family.
He said men are still dying from this disease unnecessarily.
"29,000 men will die of prostate cancer, and many of those men are dying unnecessarily, because they have not gone and gotten screened early, because they are ignoring their health, which is affecting them, affecting their families, and affecting their communities," Dr. Siegel said.
"Men do not have to die unnecessarily from prostate cancer. They just need to be screened. And by going and taking care of yourself, you are not less of a man, you are more of a man for getting this done."
The American Urological Association and the Urology Care Foundation are using this month to increase awareness and encourage men to know their risk for developing prostate cancer.
Unlike some other cancers, "unfortunately there are no signs or symptoms of prostate cancer, even a moderate state prostate cancer. You only find signs or symptoms when it's too late and it has already spread to your bones," Dr. Siegel said.
Risk factors for prostate cancer include age, family history, and race. About one out of every nine men in the U.S. will be told they have prostate cancer during their lifetime. However, the odds increase to one in six if they are African American.
For more information on prostate cancer you can go to urologyhealth.org.