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2 Your Health Movember Prostate Cancer Doctor Prostate Cancer

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The 2 Your Health Team continues a special series of Movember "Men's health reports" We are reminding dudes and dads that they need to take care of their health.

A Medical University of South Carolina professor explains that more than half of all American men, by age 80, will have prostate cancer. He has already been diagnosed with the disease twice.

Dr. Sabra Slaughter has been an MUSC patient two times within the past 11 years.

The first prostate cancer diagnosis was in 2002 and the cancer cells came back in 2012.

"It wasn't cell activity that had metastasize or would take life away but it was alive." Dr Slaughter said.

Dr. Slaughter said a cancer diagnosis is frightening to men because it means fighting a battle you are not guaranteed to win." Dr Slaughter said.

"There are macho notions men have that I can overcome this." Dr Slaughter said.

Dr. Slaughter was not sick when his cancer was discovered. In fact, it was caught as he underwent an annual prostate specific antigen test or p-s-a , which measures the blood level of a protein produced by the prostate gland. Dr. Slaughter's PSA was elevated.

Risk factors for prostate cancer include family history, race and possibly diet.

Men who have had a father or brother with prostate cancer have a greater chance of developing prostate cancer.

Asian and native American men have the lowest rates of developing prostate cancer.

Dr. Demetri Papadopolus of Mt Pleasant says African American men have the highest rate.

"Certainly African American men should be screened regularly" Dr Slaughter said.

Dr. Slaughter said he feels great and is excited to remind other men about the power of prevention.

"Had I not been seeing the doc they not have track record the blip or change in my Pisa to know something is going on here."

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