September 19-25 is prostate cancer awareness week. Dr. Armen Aprikian, Director of Urology, MUHC, encourages men aged 50 or older to have a regular annual prostate exam and a PSA blood test.
"In Quebec, one out of seven men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. A simple, painless 15-second exam can detect cancer early at its curable stage and save lives."
Early warning signs of possible prostate problems are: difficulty urinating, and urinating very often at night. However, if men do not have trouble urinating it does not mean thay do not have prostate cancer and vice versa. This simple exam can be done in any clinic or doctor's office.
MUHC Prostate Cancer centre of excellence
The MUHC is benchmarked as a Prostate Cancer centre of excellence, offering our patients the highest standards of diagnosis and treatment at our state-of-the-art surgical and clinical facilities including minimally invasive surgery and advanced radiotherapy and brachytherapy.
About the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is a comprehensive academic health institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical programs, research and teaching. The MUHC is a merger of five teaching hospitals affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University — the Montreal Children's, Montreal General, Royal Victoria, and Montreal Neurological Hospitals, as well as the Montreal Chest Institute. Building on the tradition of medical leadership of the founding hospitals, the goal of the MUHC is to provide patient care based on the most advanced knowledge in the health care field, and to contribute to the development of new knowledge.