September is observed as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. This year Philadelphia Urology Associates wanted to reach out in support beyond the walls of our office by sponsoring the 2015 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) in Philadelphia, PA.
About 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but can often be treated successfully - especially when detected early. More than 2 million men in the US consider themselves prostate cancer survivors.
What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in the prostate that form a lump (tumor). Without treatment, it may spread to other organs over time, particularly the bones and lymph nodes, which can be life threatening. Generally at the early and potentially curable stage, prostate cancer does not have obvious symptoms. This makes it different from other benign prostate disorders, which may result in urinary symptoms.
How to Test for Prostate Cancer
There are typically two types of tests that can be done by your doctor to test for prostate cancer.
Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) - The doctor inserts a gloved finger into the rectum to feel the prostate gland. This may detect hard lumps in the prostate before symptoms occur
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) - This test measures the amount of PSA in the blood. PSA blood test is not a cancer-specific diagnostic test; however, it will alert doctors to abnormal growth in the prostate.
A combination of both a DRE and PSA blood test is recommended. These tests should be considered as part of a general male health check annually from 50 years of age, or 40 if there is a family history of prostate cancer.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride
On Sunday, September 27, 2015, more than 30,000 dapper gentleman and ladies in over 400 cities will straddle the saddles of their café racers, bobbers, scramblers and other marvelous custom motorcycles to raise awareness and help fund the cure for prostate cancer.
In 2014, there were over 20,000 participants in 257 cities in 58 countries. The rides managed to raise over $1.5 million USD for prostate cancer research. With your support, DGR is aiming to raise $3 Million USD this year to assist in finding a cure for a disease that kills 1300 men a day worldwide.
The ride distributes their fundraising money to a number of international prostate cancer foundations in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. They work closely with each of these not-for-profit foundations to ensure money raised in each region is directed towards that region’s prostate cancer research projects.
Philadelphia Urology Associates is happy to support this astonishing community effort to bring awareness to a cancer that hits so close to home for some of our patients and their families. If you would like to make a donation to support prostate cancer research, you can make one through the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride website here.
The doctors at Philadelphia Urology Associates treat a variety of prostate issues, using the newest, leading-edge therapies and techniques. You can find more information about prostate cancer in our informational blog articles on the subject.
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