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September is Prostate & Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September 13, 2016
September is Prostate & Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Being aware of the symptoms and effects of specific types of cancer is the first step in treating the disease and potentially finding cures. At the Community Cancer Center in Normal, Illinois, our goal is to provide patients, their families and members of the community with the information they need to make appropriate decisions about their health care. We also are on the front lines in promoting awareness of all cancer related illnesses.

During the month of September, we recognize both Prostate and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Here is what you need to know about these two diseases.
 

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Cancer of the Prostate is one of the most common cancers affecting men. It generally impacts older adults and is typically slow growing. It is also not prone to spread to other organs, generally staying confined to the prostate gland. This makes it a very manageable form of cancer. Despite its treatability, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, it is the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the United States, with over 29,000 men dying annually. As with all cancers, early detection is a key to successful treatment. Some of the most common symptoms of Prostate Cancer include:

  • Difficult urination
  • Weak urine stream
  • Blood in semen
  • Pelvic discomfort
  • Pain in bones
  • Erectile dysfunction
     

Ovarian Cancer

ovarian-cancerAccording to ovariancancerawarness.org, Ovarian Cancer is among the most deadly forms of cancer in women. Nearly 22,000 women are diagnosed with the disease annually. In 2014, over 14,000 women in the United States died from the disease. The illness typically impacts women in their 50’s or 60’s with the average patient age, 63. Symptoms for this disease include:

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal discomfort
  • Difficulty eating and rapid hunger satiety
  • Increased urination and urgency
  • Digestive issues including nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea
  • Severe fatigue
  • Difficulty catching breath
  • Backache
  • Rapid weight increases

 

Community Cancer Center is your partner in East Central Illinois for cancer care and treatment. We are a joint venture between OSF Healthcare and Advocate Bromenn Hospitals, with a goal of improving patient health by providing comprehensive community based cancer care. Our staff specializes in treating a wide variety of cancers including complex and advanced stage cases. Contact our team for more information.

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