September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
Did you know, four million men in the United States are living with prostate cancer, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
So, Dr. Daniel Watson joined QC@3 to share three facts about prostate cancer that he wants all of us to know.
Dr. Watson, with Urology Specialists of the Carolinas, was the first urologist in all of North Carolina to perform a surgery known as the da Vinci Prostatectomy.
Here are facts Dr. Watson would like people to know about prostate cancer:
PSA screening saves lives.
· In 2018, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, recommended against PSA-based screening for prostate cancer in men 70 years and older and provided a D grade. They were WRONG.
· White, Asian, Native American, Hispanic/Latino+ men, over the age of 50, should have a yearly PSA screening.
· Black men, over the age of 40, should have a yearly PSA screening.
Black men should be vigilant about prostate cancer screening.
· Black men have an incidence of prostate cancer two times higher than White men and other men of color.
· One in six Black men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime.
· Black men are over two times more likely to die from prostate cancer than White men.
Recent data shows the survival rate for men diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer is better than five years.
· Dr. Watson was the first Urologist in North Carolina to perform the da Vinci® Prostatectomy surgery.
· There are several treatment options for men with prostate cancer including:
o High-Dose Radiation Therapy
o Hormone Therapy
· Consult with your Urologist to discuss the different treatment options available, depending on the stage of the disease and need for treatment.