Despite the fact that prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancers, it’s also one of the least talked about. Unfortunately, this has lead to a great deal of confusion among patients who are newly diagnosed or are at greater risk.
That being said, let’s take a look at some of the most common myths and misconceptions about prostate cancer to clear up any misinformation about this disease.
- You can’t have prostate cancer if you’re young. It’s true that the older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. But that doesn’t mean you can’t develop prostate cancer if you’re under the age of 65. In 2019, more than 174,000 people were newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. Factors that can impact your risk for developing prostate cancer include your family history, physical health, geographic location, and ethnicity.
- You’re safe if a parent didn’t have prostate cancer. There are vital factors that can increase your prostate cancer risk. Among them is having a first-generation relative who has been diagnosed with the disease. But even if you don’t have a family history of prostate cancer, there’s still the potential that you could develop it. Other factors that can impact your risk include your geographic location (prostate cancer is common in North America) and your race and ethnicity (black Americans and those of African ancestry are at a higher risk than other races).
- There are no symptoms of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer symptoms can be tricky. Sometimes there are no symptoms while other times you might experience symptoms commonly attributed to other things such as prostatitis. Common symptoms include frequent urination, trouble controlling urine stream, erection dysfunction, and painful ejaculation. Talk to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms. However, don’t wait until you experience these symptoms to get screened for prostate cancer.
Where can I find cancer support services near me?
Central Care Cancer Center works with a number of healthcare professionals to provide you with the comprehensive support services you need while undergoing your prostate cancer treatment. Our specialists ensure that all your physical, financial, and psychological needs are met during your cancer care.