Dr. Jianan Graybill, is a radiation oncologist and certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician.
What do men need to know about watchful waiting in order to catch prostate cancer before it becomes aggressive?
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in America for men (skin cancer is number one). One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.
Prostate cancer typically has no symptoms or warning signs in the early stages. For men with advanced disease, these men will typically have urinary symptoms or erectile dysfunction. They may also complain of severe back pain (because the cancer has spread to the spine).
Prostate cancer can often be found early by testing the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in a man’s blood. Until recently, PSA was routinely obtained from older men as part of their annual physical screening.
In May 2012, the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force issued new recommendations, stating that men not have routine PSA screenings. However, there are many individuals who benefit from the screenings. I recommend that you and your physician decide together if a prostate screening is right for you.Men's health cancers
If you have questions about your risk for prostate cancer, especially if you have a strong family history for prostate cancer or other cancers, call Community Cancer Care to schedule an appointment with a certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician at 800.777.7775.