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DR. TIMOTHY COX, Medical Oncologist at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center
DR. WILLIAM SPENCER, Urologist at Bronson Urology Specialists
   Prostate Cancer Awareness – A Preventative Discussion with Bronson Specialists
start as early as age 40. Depending on risk and previous test results, most men should be re-screened every year or every other year.
   Free Prostate Exams with Bronson Providers
Men – are you due for a prostate exam?
On Tuesday, September 22 from 5-7pm, Bronson is offering free prostate exams at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center. Space is limited and registration is required. To learn more or to register, visit classes and search for “Prostate.”
 September is Prostate Cancer Aware- ness Month. Dr. Timothy Cox, medical oncologist at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center, along with Dr. William Spencer, urologist at Bronson Urology Specialists, offer the following education and advice on early detec- tion to help you lower your chances of developing the disease.
What are signs of prostate can- cer? The symptoms of prostate cancer are similar to those of other prostate issues. This is why it is important to have concerns checked out by a doctor right away. Some things to look out for include:
• Frequent urination
• Difficulty urinating, including a weak
What is prostate cancer? Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that develops in the male prostate. The prostate is a small gland in men that sits below the bladder, just in front of the rectum.
It plays an important role in the male reproductive system. Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer for men (following skin cancer). Around one in nine men will be diagnosed with the disease in his lifetime.
• Family history: If you have two or more immediate family members who have or had prostate cancer.
hips, upper thighs, pelvis, or rectal area
What are some risk factors? Some factors that can increase your risk of prostate cancer include:
• Age: As with other prostate issues,
• Diet and lifestyle: Similar to other cancers, obesity is linked to an in- creased risk of prostate cancer.
your risk increases as you reach age 50.
How often should men be screened? According to the American Cancer Society, men at an average risk should get a prostate screening starting at age 50. Those at a higher risk should
healthy weight.
• Drink green tea or take a green tea
• Ethnicity: Men of African American, Hispanic, Native American, or Scan- dinavian decent.
How can I reduce my risk? Al though there is no proven way to avoid developing prostate cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Since obesity is linked to several types of cancer, including prostate cancer, you should:
• Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
• Reduce your daily fat intake.
• Cut back on red meat.
• Limit your carb intake.
• Exercise regularly and maintain a
or interrupted urine flow
• Pain or burning during urination
• Blood in the urine
• Bloody semen
• Pain or stiffness in the lower back,
supplement. (A 2008 study from the National Institutes of Health found that men who do so have a lower risk of advanced prostate cancer than those who do not.)
  Finishing a year of infusion treatment during Coronavirus
 Photo of Brian Roy and oncologist, Dr. Niyati Bhagwati, taken in January 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Bronson Battle Creek is close to home, and they have the technology and ability to treat my cancer just as well – if not better – than the other facilities I looked at. I felt confident coming here for my radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy when I began my treatment a few years ago, and I continued to feel
safe during my final few months of treatment despite being in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.”
Visit to read Brian’s full story.
Keep your prostate healthy. If you experience prostate issues and your doctor recommends that you see a specialist, Bronson urology services are available across southwest Michigan. Bronson has offices in Coldwater, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and Paw Paw.
If you receive a prostate cancer diagnosis, experts at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center are highly experienced in treating this disease. They are accredited by the Commission on Cancer and have been recognized nationally for patient safety. Ask your primary care provider for a referral.

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