1/11/15

Know PSA

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein produced by both cancerous (malignant) and noncancerous (benign) prostate tissue. Prostate cancer cells usually make more PSA than do benign cells, causing PSA levels in your blood to rise. Therefore, it has been recommended that MEN of a certain age and diversity have the PSA Test done by their medical team. The numbers to know -  PSA level (3.0 ng/mL or higher) indicates that further testing should be considered.
According to The Mayo Clinic: Factors that increase the risk include:
Older age. The risk of prostate cancer increases with age. Prostate cancer is most common in Men older than 65.
Being Black. Black Men have a greater risk of prostate cancer than do men of other races. In black men, prostate cancer is also more likely to be aggressive or advanced. It's not clear why this is.
Family history of prostate or breast cancer. If Men in your family have had prostate cancer, their risk may be increased. Also, if you have a family history of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation or a very strong history of women with breast cancer, the risk
for prostate cancer may be higher.
Obesity. Obese Men diagnosed with prostate cancer may be more likely to have advanced disease that's more difficult to treat.

Previously, The American Urological Association (AUA), had recommended that PSA blood testing be offered to men starting at age 40. In its new guidelines, the AUA recommends that men ages 55 to 69 discuss the benefits and harms of prostate cancer screening with their doctors before deciding whether to be screened. . . . read the full article HERE!
This is a controversial topic for Men in the prime of their life, but it is important for the Women in their life to have the discussion. Google the topic and get to know more about PSA.   Just so you know, I lost my Stepdad last Thursday to cancer that started in the prostate. He elected to not have the surgery based on the advice of a Doctor, went thru so many treatments which included several bouts of radiation that did not work. So, my Sistas this shit is real!!
Disclaimer: This for your edutainment only! Please Consult your Medical team about any and all health concerns -- Sharing is Caring, so share this info with all your Friends.

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