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"It's a cancer of the elderly": Let's talk about prostate cancer

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Posted at 4:59 PM, Sep 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 17:03:23-04

Prostate cancer is the most common invasive cancer among men. But most prostate cancers will not cause any obvious symptoms.

For our third educational cancer awareness series, Liz Lewin talks with Dr. Gurkamal Chatta about common misconceptions and treatments for prostate cancer. 

This cancer typically affects those age 60 and up. It occurs in a man's prostate, which is a small walnut-sized gland that produces seminal fluid. 

Dr. Chatta said, "Testosterone is the fuel that drives the cancer."

Though the cancer may not affect males in their younger years, he recommends talking about prevention early. 

Prostate cancer is one of the relatively few cancers that can be detected at early stages through screening. Early detection for prostate cancer includes both a blood test and a physical exam of the rectum.

Men at normal risk of prostate cancer should begin early-detection screening at age 50 and stop PSA (prostate-specific antigen) testing at age 70. African-American men are at high risk of developing prostate cancer. 

Symptoms include: loss of sex drive, hair loss, and fatigue.

Treatments include: surgery, radiation, and hormonal therapy.

The institute produces Cancer Talk podcasts where listeners can learn more about various cancers from doctors who've studied and currently practice oncology.

The 7th Annual Roswell Park/MANUP Buffalo Cruisin' for a Cure car show and prostate cancer early detection clinic is coming to the Roswell Park campus this Saturday. The event focuses on men at high risk or those who have not received PSA testing before.

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