What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer


Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer found in American men. Despite this, many people remain unaware of the disease and do not monitor their prostate health on an on-going basis. It is imperative that men continue to learn about prostate cancer and take the necessary steps to catch the cancer early on.

What is prostate cancer?
It is a form of cancer that grows in a man’s prostate. The prostate is an organ located just below the bladder that is responsible for the production of seminal fluid. This is a slow growing cancer that often occurs without obvious symptoms, making routine testing a critical self-care resource.

Who is at risk for prostate cancer?
All men are at risk for developing prostate cancer, although it is rare for it to occur before the age of 40. As men age, however, their risk increases. About 60 percent of cases occur in men who are over the age of 60.

While all men should be tested for prostate cancer, African American men and those with a family member who was previously diagnosed with cancer should be even more vigilant. In fact, African American males are 56 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than Caucasian men of a similar age.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
As cancer develops in this region, it often grows without noticeable symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they tend to include issues with urination and sexual function. In some cases, men may experience discomfort in their hips or lower back too.

How can men protect themselves?
Men of all ages should routinely schedule a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test. While uncommon in younger men, early testing provides a baseline against which prostate health is measured in later years. Certainly, by the age of 50, men should seek testing every two to four years.

Like most forms of cancer, prostate cancer is more successfully treated when caught in its early stages. The absence of noticeable symptoms makes it more difficult to do this, which is why testing is an important component of men’s health care. Any Lab Test Now offers a quick walk-in PSA Test that provides men insight into their prostate health and allows them to address any concerns with their doctor more quickly.

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Do You Have Signs of Menopause?

Imagine sitting at work when all of a sudden a whoosh of heat races through your body, causing you to perspire and your heart to race. The first time this happens, you may attribute it to anxiety, poor dietary choices or lack of sleep. Chances are, however, that it will happen again and you may start to question if you’re entering menopause.

Menopause is the phase of a woman’s life where ovarian functions begin to shut down. As this happens, her period comes to an end and she is no longer able to conceive children. It is a perfectly natural change that happens to women around the age of 50, although it may start as early as 35 or as late as age 60. A woman has officially gone through menopause once she has gone 12 months without having a period.

Of course, the changes that take place in a woman’s body during this time do not happen all at one time. This often results in erratically timed menstrual cycles and a variety of physical, mental and emotional symptoms that are driven by the changing hormone levels in a woman’s body. This is known as perimenopause. While in perimenopause, it is important that women continue to be careful during intercourse, because their bodies are still capable of becoming pregnant.

Each woman experiences perimenopause and menopause differently, but the most frequently talked about symptom is known as “hot flashes” or “night sweats”. This happens when the changing hormones make it difficult for the body to regulate its temperature, resulting in a flush of heat that can last anywhere from seconds to a few minutes. That said, there are actually 34 potential symptoms that a woman may experience during this time in her life, ranging from panic attacks and hair loss to bloating and trouble sleeping.

Because menopause is a significant and potentially confusing life change for women, September has been identified as Menopause Awareness Month. This awareness month is intended to help women better understand what is happening to their bodies during menopause, and to be able to realistically manage related symptoms.

If you believe that you are beginning to show signs of menopause, Any Lab Test Now offers quick, confidential, tests like the Menopause Screening Panel or the Comprehensive Female Panel. These tests will help you understand whether your body is nearing or going through menopause so that you can have a more informed discussion with your doctor about any symptoms that you’ve been experiencing.

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September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

swabEvery three minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with blood cancer. And every 10 minutes it takes someone’s life. Any Lab Test Now wants to make these numbers smaller, and that’s why we partner with Delete Blood Cancer to improve the health and wellness of our community and to increase the number of donors in the national bone marrow registry. September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month, and this month, we encourage you to help us in deleting blood cancer — all it takes is five minutes and a simple swab to the cheek.

Any Lab Test Now collects donor specimens at selected locations across the U.S. on behalf of Delete Blood Cancer. Delete Blood Cancer is an organization dedicated to helping people become bone marrow donors, and now, so are we. With just a simple cheek swab at Any Lab Test Now, you can become a part of the bone marrow donor registry, and more importantly, a hero to more than one million Americans with blood cancer who may one day need your donation. By joining the registry, you are making the commitment to answer the call if a doctor finds that you and one of their blood cancer patients is a match — and as such needs you to donate your cells for a life-saving bone marrow transplant. By giving just a small amount of your time, you could be giving someone else a lifetime.

A bone marrow transplant is a procedure that replaces unhealthy bone marrow with healthy bone marrow. Currently, a bone marrow transplant is the only cure for patients with blood cancer, and the treatment has lead to improved survival rates. If you and a patient are a match, you could be that person’s only hope of survival. Let us celebrate life this Blood Cancer Awareness Month by giving those with blood cancer a chance at having one.

Visit our website to find a Delete Blood Cancer location at Any Lab Test Now, and make a difference in someone’s life today.

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