September marks Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and considering it is the most common cancer affecting Australian men (after non-melanoma skin cancer), this is a timely reminder to consider your prostate health or that of a loved one. It is estimated that over 25,000 Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year (nearly 70 each day), sadly resulting in around 10 deaths a day.
Whilst the real cause of prostate cancer is not understood, we know that it begins when abnormal cells within the prostate grow in an uncontrolled way. The risk is higher if you have a family history or relative who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Symptoms include blood in urine or semen and the sudden need to urinate. It is important to speak to your doctor to discuss testing options for you, which will likely include a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test as a screening measure. Generally if PSA is elevated, patients are referred to a urologist who often order medical imaging (prostate MRI) for investigation, followed by a biopsy procedure if required.
Lake Imaging invest in cutting edge medical imaging technology to provide accurate high-resolution images. Services are available from its clinics across Melton, Sunbury, Caroline Springs, Bacchus Marsh and Kyneton, where highly experienced radiologists are experts in detecting and diagnosing disease.
The caring and compassionate staff ensure all patients are treated with dignity and respect.
Lake Imaging accept referral forms from other medical imaging providers. Don’t delay your health, early diagnosis could save your life. Talk to your GP today or contact Lake Imaging to make an appointment.
For more information, contact the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia or visit www.lakeimaging.com.au to better understand how radiology saves lives.