Perspective: WIS editorial on prostate cancer awareness

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men. And it's second only to lung cancer for cancer deaths in men. But with early detection and treatment, your chances of survival are very good.

Different folks have different symptoms, and some men don't show any symptoms at all. But if you experience difficulty or pain in urination, pain in the back, hips or pelvis that doesn't go away, see your doctor right away.

Is prostate cancer screening right for you? Well, to help men aged 50 and over make that determination, the CDC has several helpful guides: Prostate Cancer Screening: A Decision Guide; and Prostate Cancer Screening; A Decision Guide for African Americans.  At all ages, more African American men die of prostate cancer than other men, making it critical that they know the facts about the cancer and its screening tests. To get the guides, go to, and search for prostate cancer publications.

So be aware and arm yourself with the information you need to avoid this deadly form of cancer. That's my perspective. I'd like to hear your thoughts.