Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2015 it is estimated that 27,540 men will die from prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer occurs when prostate cells grow out of control. They can spread and affect nearby organs and can also spread to distant parts of the body and cause problems.
If diagnosed, it's important to research and plan for the best treatment; if and when treatment is needed, it's imperative to select the right type of treatment to be given at the right time. This is where the experts at Sierra Nevada Cancer Center can help. They will help you build a comprehensive understanding of the treatment process. Sierra Nevada Cancer Center offers a care team that understands the challenges, fear and uncertainty of a cancer diagnosis. Their facilities are designed to enhance the patient's care.
That's why we are so proud of feedback like the following from our patients:
"I cannot state strongly enough how wonderful Dr. Perez and his staff have been to us. Fighting cancer is not just a patient-doctor affair, it needs a caring and well-educated office staff, as well. Sierra Nevada Cancer Center has it all" — Janet L
Our next blog post will be devoted to the many prostate cancer treatment options available at Sierra Nevada Cancer Center. But first, we feel it's important to address risk factors and preventive measures that may reduce your chances of contracting the disease.
Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer
There are many factors that may increase your risk for developing prostate cancer: age, family history and race may be key factors. Age is the strongest factor of all. The chance of having prostate cancer goes up quickly after age 50. About 66 percent of prostate cancers occur in men over the age of 65. Men with a family history of prostate cancer are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, too. This is even more likely if a father or brother had cancer before age 65. It is unclear to researchers as to why, but prostate cancer is more common in African-American men.
Preventive Measures for Prostate Cancer
Like with any cancer, early detection helps to reduce the risk of the cancer spreading and sets you up for successful treatment. To reduce your risk of prostate cancer:
- Starting at age 50, talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of testing and decide if testing is the right choice for you.
- Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and limit your intake of red meats (beef, pork, or lamb), especially high fat or processed meats (like deli meats, hot dogs, and bacon).
- Be physically active and stay at a healthy weight.
- Talk to a doctor about whether medicine to reduce prostate cancer risk may be right for you.
What Sets Dr. Perez Apart
Immediate access is a large part of Dr. Jorge Perez's mission. Dr. Perez is dedicated to his patients, and is never more than a phone call away seven days a week, 24 hours a day.He believes Advanced Cancer Care should be readily available to patients and their families, close to their homes, and staffed by compassionate, skilled professionals. He feels it necessary to offer his patients peace of mind when battling any cancer. The state-of-the-art Sierra Nevada Cancer Centeroffers chemotherapy, biological therapies, Cancer Vaccines and immunotherapy.
There are more than 2 million men that are prostate cancer survivors; if diagnosed with prostate cancer or any cancer, allow Sierra Nevada Cancer Center to aid you in your battle.
For more information about prostate cancer, click here. http://www.sierranevadacancer.com/news/prostate-cancer-getting-facts
To make an appointment to visit Dr. Perez and Sierra Nevada Cancer Center, call (775) 883-3336.