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A man may not think about his prostate, until it becomes a problem. So September is designated as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to help educate men about their prostates, which plays a role in reproduction, and when to seek medical help if needed. Dr. Michael Martin with AnMed Health Lakeside Family Medicine discusses the importance of prostate education.

While there’s no way to prevent prostate cancer, there are several measures you can take to reduce your risk. Good news: The steps you can take to reduce your risk are also the same steps you take to maintain good overall health, dealing with diet, exercise and health education.

Prostate cancer is among the most common cancers for American men, but it’s one that’s often misunderstood. However, we’ve learned so much more about prostate cancer in recent years, and screenings and treatments have gotten more accurate and effective. Keeping up with this information and these advancements can be the key to protecting yourself and your loved ones. Increase your prostate cancer awareness with these nine facts.

Prostate cancer – the most frequently diagnosed cancer for men in the United States, next to skin cancer – has four stages. Stage 1 is the earliest, meaning the cancer has not spread, and Stage 4 is the most advanced, showing spread to other areas of the body. Understanding these stages of prostate cancer – as well as the diagnostic tests that determine those stages – offers insight into how quickly the cancer will grow and if treatment is recommended.