In This Together
Women make nearly two-thirds of the healthcare decisions in this country.
PCEC reports that about 60% of the men screened for prostate cancer and other health conditions are encouraged to do so by the women in their lives and more than 1/2 the appointments are scheduled by women!
Women play such a large role in keeping the men in their life healthy, so it is greatly important that they are educated as well about prostate cancer! In This Together is a program that provides a valuable network and resources for women who are helping the men in their lives stay healthy.
Tips For Women
- Encourage prostate cancer screenings: While prostate cancer is often treatable if detected early, there are frequently no warning signs or symptoms in its earliest stages - making early detection crucial for saving lives. PCEC advises a baseline prostate health assessment, including PSA and digital rectal exam (DRE), for all men at 35 years of age. Based on this initial assessment, PCEC recommends:
-Men with a PSA less than 1ng/ml be screened again in 5 years.
-Men with a PSA between 1-2ng/ml be screened every other year.
-Men with a PSA greater than 2ng/ml be screened every year.
-However, PCEC does not advocate for screenings if a man's life expectancy is less than 10 years.
- Promote a healthy lifestyle: Studies show that eating right, including foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants as well as excercising may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
- Research Family History: Men with a close relative (i.e., father or brother) who have had prostate cancer are 3 to 4 times more likely to develop prostate cancer.
- Know the Numbers: Keep a list of blood test results. Noticiing a slight change in the PSA levels over time may help your doctore recognize the development of prostate cancer.
- Be Educated: Take some time to learn about prostate cancer, common risk factors and its signs and symptoms. If dectected early, prostate cancer is nearly 100% survivable.