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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

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Did You Know?

Even if it was true that fifty is the new forty, for men, fifty is fifty when it comes to thinking about when to begin prostate cancer screening.

Why it Matters?

While all men are at risk for prostate cancer, according to the CDC, age is the most common risk factor. For men aged 50 and older with Medicare Part B, coverage of prostate cancer screening by Medicare begins the day after your 50th birthday (link).

What Should I Do?

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation is that men aged 55 to 69 years should participate in a shared decision-making process with their physician by discussing the potential benefits and harms of screening with a PSA test and incorporating their values and preferences in the decision (link).

This recommendation applies to men who:

  • Are at average risk for prostate cancer,
  • Are at increased risk for prostate cancer,
  • Do not have symptoms of prostate cancer, and
  • Have never been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

According to the CDC (link), men can have varying symptoms or no symptoms at all for prostate cancer. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, first keep in mind the symptoms can be caused by other conditions, but err on the side of caution and see your doctor sooner rather than later:

  • Difficulty starting urination.
  • Weak or interrupted flow or urine.
  • Urinating often, especially at night.
  • Trouble emptying the bladder completely.
  • Pain or burning during urinations.
  • Blood in urine or semen.
  • Pain in the back, hips, or pelvis that does not go away.
  • Painful ejaculation.
Article Author: Beth Cobb, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS
Beth Cobb, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS, is the Manager of Clinical Analytics at Medical Management Plus, Inc. Beth has over twenty-five years of experience in healthcare including eleven years in Case Management at a large multi-facility health system. In her current position, Beth is a principle writer for MMP’s Wednesday@One weekly e-newsletter, an active member of our HIPAA Compliance Committee, MMP’s Education Department Program Director and co-developer of MMP’s proprietary Compliance Protection Assessment Tool.

This material was compiled to share information.  MMP, Inc. is not offering legal advice. Every reasonable effort has been taken to ensure the information is accurate and useful.