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Prostate Cancer, Early Detection

Publication: KWKT-TV (FOX), Waco

Around 120 men from McLennan County will be diagnosed with prostate cancer by the end of 2015.

Prostate cancer is one of the leading cancer killers among men. 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.

Early detection gives the patient nearly a 100% chance of living through it.

"Those could include any changes within urination. Difficulty within urination. Difficulties within the urine stream," says Dr. Thomas Harris, Texas Oncology.

Other symptoms may include: Blood in urine or semen, Frequent pain or stiffness in spine, hips, ribs, upper thighs, and other bones. Painful ejaculation, difficulty with erection and weakness or numbness in legs or feet.

Men who are over the age of 60 are more likely to get it but younger men are also at risk. Doctors recommend men as early as the age of 40 to start screenings regularly.

"Typically we see that in men with genetic abnormalities such as the BRCA mutation or lynch syndrome where they are at a higher risk for cancer," says Dr. Harris.

This fall a proton beam center is expected to open in Dallas. It will be the second center in Texas along with the Houston location.

"We'll offer opportunities for specific cancer treatments including treatments for prostate cancers to get a specific type of radiation," says Dr. Harris.

Doctors say some way to prevent prostate cancer are having a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

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