By Faye Gaston
September is designated "2020 Prostate Cancer Awareness Month." Early detection can save a life. For men fifty years of age or older in Bullock County, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer screening and treatment options.
Contact the Bullock County Health Department Clinic for more information about screening, including a list of free screenings near you, 334-738-3030. The clinic is located at 674 Hicks Industrial Blvd. in Union Springs.
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer that affects American men. Individuals at the greatest risk for prostate cancer include Black/African American men. They are twice as likely to have prostate cancer and nearly twice as likely to die from it when compared to white men.
Others at significant risk for getting prostate cancer are men over the age of 65 (number one risk factor) and men with family histories of fathers or brothers having had prostate or other cancers.
Almost 12% of men in America will have prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 191,930 new prostate cancer cases will be diagnosed in the United States in 2020.
The American Cancer Society notes that the best advice to reduce prostate cancer risk is to stay at a healthy weight, follow a healthy eating pattern, and keep physically active. The risk factors of age, race, and family history cannot be controlled.