UTICA, N.Y. – It’s National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and local urologist Dr. Hanan Goldberg is reminding men about the importance of getting regularly checked for symptoms.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common in the United States, with more than 190,000 men diagnosed each year.
Goldberg, who works at Mohawk Valley Health System, says it’s especially important for men over 60 to get screened.
"Most, I would say 60% of them, are diagnosed in men over age 65. But we sometimes see them in younger men. The mean age of diagnosis is about 66. It’s a very common cancer affecting a lot of men. So, early diagnosis is actually key to this kind of cancer," he said.
According to Goldberg, the death rate has decreased by more than half since 1993.