November is Prostate Cancer Awareness month. According to research completed by the Movember Foundation, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men, killing 45 men every hour. But there is good news, 98% of prostate cancer patients survive if caught early. But this number dwindles to just 26% if caught in the later stages.
Early detection is key to survival, and every man must take the necessary steps to help protect their health. So, how can we help men understand their risks and make lifestyle changes that will benefit them in the long run? The answer comes down to these three elements:
Know Your Risk
Knowing the risks and helping patients become aware of the risks leading to prostate cancer is imperative to improving patient outcomes.
After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. One of the biggest risks of developing prostate cancer is age. According to the Movember Foundation, the risk of prostate cancer increases with age, and The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends prostate screening for men aged 50 and over. However, men who are at high risk should consider starting screening at 45 or 40 depending on the level of risk. African Americans and men with a family history of prostate cancer, in particular, should start getting checked by the age of 45.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) outlines other important risk factors, including sexually transmitted diseases, smoking, obesity, diets high in red meat and chemical exposure.
According to The American Cancer Society, roughly one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. Sixty percent of these diagnoses take place in men aged 60 or older. Although there is no way to guarantee that you will not develop prostate cancer in the future, you can reduce your risk of developing an aggressive cancer by following a healthy lifestyle.
One of the best ways to prevent unnecessary deaths is to advocate prevention by early detection. The most effective way to increase the rate of early detection is to encourage men to monitor their health as they age. Currently, many healthcare providers invite patients at risk of developing prostate cancer to come in for an annual exam. But unfortunately, many men are reluctant to make an appointment and submit to an examination. Thus making it difficult for healthcare providers to diagnose cancer at an early stage. So how can mitigate this challenge?
HealthAware’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Initiative
Designed and developed to help aid in early detection and promote awareness, HealthAware’ s ProstateAware program helps men stay on top of their prostate health and can reduce the number of prostate cancer cases by identifying at-risk patients beforehand.
This program is a benefit to both patients and healthcare providers by:
- Finding at-risk patients with early detection
- Improving patient outcomes
- Increasing the number of medical procedures
- Increasing revenue
- Increase patient compliance
Additionally, the ProstateAware program also measures and gauges the mental well-being of patients. This allows healthcare providers to have access to a better understanding of the patients’ needs.
How Does ProstateAware Work?
ProstateAware works by reaching out to patients who are at risk of developing prostate cancer by measuring various risk factors including PSA levels, digital rectal exams, age, smoking and diet among others. Then it creates a comprehensive profile which patients can access anytime. The program offers a report on risk factors, tips on reducing risk and other health tips. This patient data is available to healthcare providers who can then target specific patient groups with the right products and services to benefit the patient.
Being able to reach patients and providing them with the right information gives patients and their doctors the ability to stay proactive about their health.
By taking advantage of ProstateAware, you can help spread awareness to your community this month and help reduce the number of prostate cancer cases. With the right information and by working together with ProstateAware, providers can give their patients the help and understanding they need.
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