Talk to your doctor about a prostate cancer screening.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men. Between 2009 and 2013 in Delaware, the prostate cancer death rate for African American men was more than twice the rate for Caucasian men.
Learn more about prostate cancer from Delaware urologist, Dr. Michael Zaragoza and talk to your health care provider about the decision to have a prostate cancer screening.
Not all prostate cancers are the same. That’s why it’s important to stay informed. Know when and how often you should be screened—it could save your life. If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, you should discuss the best treatment options with your health care provider.
- Caucasian men 50 years of age and older
- African-American men 40 years of age and older
- Men who are at higher risk for the disease based on family history may decide to be screened at a younger age
Note: Men should discuss prostate cancer screening with their health care provider before being screened.
You are at a greater risk for prostate cancer if you:
- Eat a diet high in red meat and/or high-fat dairy products
- Are obese
- Are a heavy alcohol user
- Are age 50 or older
- Are African American
- Have a family history of prostate cancer, inherited DNA changes, and/or gene mutations
- Have a higher level of testosterone
- Have an infected and inflamed prostate gland
Prostate cancer can sometimes cause:
- Frequent urinating, particularly at night
- Pain during orgasm
- Blood in the urine
We offer help for screening and prostate cancer treatment:
- If you don’t have insurance or you can’t afford a prostate cancer screening, there is a program that could provide the screening for you.
- If you should be diagnosed with prostate cancer and you can’t afford treatment, the Delaware Cancer Treatment Program provides free cancer treatment for up to two years. Cancer Care Coordinators help guide you through treatment, scheduling visits with doctors and making sure you get the care you need.
Stay informed—check out this downloadable pdf for more information about prostate cancer.
A nurse navigator can schedule a cancer screening for you.
Hospitals Statewide have nurse navigators who can schedule your cancer screening and provide follow-up help - whether you have health insurance or not. Use this form to request a callback, or call the nurse navigator at the facility closest to you:
If you would like to speak directly to a nurse navigator, you can call the facility closest to you from the list below.
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