By Dean Stephens
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) – September is Prostate Cancer awareness month and East Cooper Medical Center is urging men to take action.
"The main risk factor is age. Increasing age increases your risk, " said Dr. David Bandli.
According to Dr. David Bandli, prostate cancer kills 28,000 men a year making it the second deadliest cancer in males, right behind lung cancer. The risk for prostate cancer increases with age. Also more likely to contract the disease are African-American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer.
"New guidelines call for screening to begin at age 40. A prostate exam and a PSA or blood test should also be administered. Based on those results sometime that screening is done yearly and sometimes less often," said Dr. Bandli.
Dr. Brandli also points out that prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, excluding skin cancer and according to the American Cancer Society more than 240 thousand new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2012.
There is good news in the fight against the disease. Dr. Brandli says the five year survival rate for men diagnosed with prostate cancer found in either the prostate or in nearby regions is nearly 100 percent.
For more information and to ask questions regarding prostate cancer, visit www.ABCNews4.com/experts and click on East Cooper Medical Center.