By Dennis Douda, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In a lot of movies where a man is getting older, prostate humor is commonly used for laughs.

But more than 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer this year. That’s no laughing matter.

Think of a man’s bladder as a water balloon. Right below it is the prostate, one of the most common reasons men come to the urologist.

Stephen Boorjian is a urological oncologist at Mayo Clinic. He said it all comes with age.

“So as a male ages, a man undergoes naturally, benign prosthetic hyperplasia, bph and enlarging prostate and of the things that affect men’s plumbing,” he said.

Mostly an enlarged prostate interferes with urination, creates difficulty going.

Remedies range from simple lifestyle changes, to medications, to surgery.

Perhaps the bigger prostate fear is cancer, an all-too-common condition for men.

“You know, the estimate is that one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer,” Boorjian said.

That translates to as many as 200,000 new cases of prostate cancer annually in the United States. And makes it the second-leading cancer killer for men.

Early detection helps, and that’s where regular physical exams come in. Combined with the PSA test, which looks for Prostate Specific Antigens in the blood.

“Still 15 to 20 percent of the cancers that we diagnose are in men with what we call a normal PSA,” Boorjian said. “So that’s why it’s the combination of the PSA plus the exam that really would provide patients with the best screening evaluation.”

Dr. Boorjian says modern, minimally invasive procedures, from imaging tools to radiology to robot-assisted prostate surgery, vastly improve the odds of beating the cancer and preserving quality of life.

Increasing age, family history and being African American all increase the risks for prostate cancer.

Dr. Boorjian said annual exams after age 40 can help catch it early.

Comments (8)
  1. Vicki Kelcher says:

    My husband put off going to the doctor for six years, he is 53. He finally went in September. His PSA was 44, it was prostate cancer. He had his prostate removed last Thursday and on the road to recovery. We will find out this Friday if he is cancer free.

    Men go to the doctor, life is wonderful and I can’t imagine not having my husband.

  2. Ed says:

    I was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year at age 51 after a routine physical and had my prostate removed in February. I’m now cancer free. Thanks to my family doctor for ordering the PSA test and to Metro Urology for the surgery and follow-ups. Vicki, I hope everything turns out as well for you and your husband as it has for us.

    Prostate cancer is not an old man’s disease. My first urologist estimated that I’d had the cancer for 2 years before I went in for my not-so-annual annual exam.

  3. Mr.ayurstate defender says:

    My father has been like a new man after changing to a all raw food diet and stopped smoking he wishes he started ealier in life cause he sufered so long with something that could have been managed from the start.

  4. Alex says:

    Thanks a lot, for the sharing info about this growing threat. I can recommend to every man these 12 tips which help to prevent prostate disorders (Ezine article):

    Best regards,

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