Genesee County Health Department
Better Life Through Better Health
Men Should Be Aware of Prostate Health
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men in
America. Approximately 400 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each
year in Genesee County alone.
As men grow older, their risk of developing the disease increases.
According to the American Urological Association, all males over the age
of 50 should have an annual prostate examination, which includes a
simple blood test (PSA or prostate - specific antigen) and a digital
rectal exam. Since African American males have a higher rate of prostate
cancer than white males, they should have annual exams starting at the
age of 40. Men who have family members who have had prostate cancer
should also begin yearly screening at age 40.
Symptoms of a prostate problems may include:
- frequent urination (especially at night),
- inability to urinate,
- pain or burning during urination or upon ejaculation,
- a weak or interrupted urine flow,
- blood in urine or semen,
- frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper
These symptoms may also be caused by other medical conditions, so it
is best to seek medical advice as soon as they are noticed. Screening is
important since prostrate cancer often has no symptoms. According to
Dr.Michael Macksood, a Flint area urologist, "It
is important to remember that we want to find prostate cancer before
symptoms develop, when it is in an earlier stage and more likely to be
All men are encouraged to talk openly with their family physician to
determine whether or not they should be tested for prostate cancer. For
more information, contact the University of Michigan, Flint Men's
Health Study at the Genesee County Health Department at (810) 257-3817.