UMN Expert: Prostate Cancer Awareness
Prostate cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States with 184,000 men being diagnosed every year and roughly 30,000 dying from it.
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Badrinath Konety with the Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota weighs in on the importance of early screenings, detection symptoms and the future of prostate cancer treatment.
Badrinath Konety, M.D.
“All regulatory agencies recommend that men over 55 years of age discuss prostate cancer screening with their physician and engage in shared decision making regarding screening. If they are African-American or have a family history of prostate cancer, they may want to consider discuss getting a screening earlier.
One of the difficulties with prostate cancer is that it doesn’t have many symptoms, however, men should pay attention if they have bone pain, trouble urinating or dietary problems.
At the University of Minnesota, we’re looking at various diagnostic methods for prostate cancer screening including blood tests and advanced MRI. We're also conducting research on advanced prostate cancer regularly and developing several clinical trials with gene therapy and immunotherapy.”
Bathrinath Konety, M.D., is the chair of the Department of Urology and associate dean for Strategy and Innovation at the Medical School and associate director for Clinical Affairs & Clinical Research at the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota. His areas of expertise include prostate, bladder, urologic and genitourinary cancers.
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