September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month - Know the Facts

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In honor of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Ascension Saint Thomas shares a sobering reminder from our partner Dr. Gautum "Tom" Jayram (pictured at right) of Urology Associates, P.C.

Dr. Jayram says: "1 in every 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Certain men are at higher risk, including: men with a family history of prostate cancer, men of African-American descent, and men with bothersome urinary symptoms. Early detection of certain prostate cancers with a blood test is safe, easy, and can save your life. A visit with a urologist can help you understand your long term risks and any additional evaluation that needs to be done."

While it's normal to experience aches after a tough workout or an afternoon of yard work, prolonged pain in the hips and groin could be a sign of something more serious. Ascension Saint Thomas recommends that men over age 55 talk to their doctor about having a prostate cancer screening if they experience these prolonged symptoms:

• Sore lower back - pain or stiffness, especially pain that is dull and deep.

• Achy thighs or hips - prolonged pain that radiates from the groin.

• Discomfort while sitting - pain or pressure while seated that is relieved when standing up could be caused by the prostate gland pressing on other areas of your pelvis.

Additionally, men who meet the high-risk qualifications outlined by Dr. Jayram should prioritize their health this September by scheduling an appointment with their primary care physician or a urologist.

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