“In Canada, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer found in men, and will affect approximately one in nine during their lifetime.

“September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to improve awareness and thereby improve early detection and outcomes for our fathers, partners, brothers, sons, friends, and ourselves.

“The risk of getting prostate cancer increases with age. Fortunately, when detected early, prostate cancer is one of the most successfully treated types of cancer.

“That is the key to defeating many forms of cancer – finding it early.

“Prostate cancer does not usually cause any symptoms in its early stages. It can take years before problems are noticed. Therefore, to detect it early, it’s important for all men, especially those over 40, to be screened regularly.

“I urge Albertans to encourage the men in their lives to be proactive and visit their health-care provider regularly. An early diagnosis means more treatment options and improved outcomes for those we love. Positive lifestyle choices, such as maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise, can also reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.

“If you have questions about the risks, detection or treatment of prostate cancer, visit HealthierTogether.ca, speak with your family doctor or call Health Link at 811. 

“Together, we can prevent many cancers, cure more cases, support one another and reduce the pain and suffering of those affected by cancer, and their loved ones.”