This episode of Housecall features Dr. Sean Collins, MD, PhD, the Director of the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital CyberKnife Prostate Program and the Associate Professor of Radiation Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Host Dr. David Doman, MD invited Dr. Collins to get answers about prostate cancer since he specializes in treating men with prostate cancer, with advanced expertise in innovative approaches such as the highly accurate stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) or CyberKnife. Learn about a mans risk of getting prostate cancer in his lifetime, the signs and symptoms of early prostate cancer, about CyberKnife, and how men need to screen for prostate cancer.
Dr. Collins explains what the function of a prostate gland is and how it is only in men. Prostate Cancer is a disease of aging. There are no early symptoms, if you develop late symptoms its too late and your not curable. In the Washington, DC area, 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer. This is the highest incidence in the United States. That is why it is necessary to do screenings in this area. Then you can find prostate cancer early, cure it, and avoid death in men. Prostate Cancer is the most common non skin cancer in men, so it is common. PSA is a blood test and is a good marker to indicate what your risk to having prostate cancer is. Every man over the age of 50 should be getting a PSA once a year and men age 45 who are at high risk like, African American men or men with a family history of prostate cancer should be checked.
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