What you need to know about prostate cancer and screening options

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal
Description / Summary

In Canada, it is estimated that 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Prostate cancer is the most diagnosed non-skin cancer and the third-leading cause of cancer-related death in men. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month, a time to continue raising awareness and educating people about one of the most common cancers in men.

It is believed that at any given time, up to 25% of men are affected by urinary issues, to some degree or another, and as they age, their chances of experiencing and suffering symptoms increase dramatically. One of the most common causes of a bladder obstruction is an enlarged prostate, however, urinary symptoms also have the potential to be caused by cancer. If you experience symptoms, including difficulty urinating, urinating too often, or find that you are getting up frequently at night to urinate, you may want to talk to your health care provider about testing and treatment options.