LSU coach's diagnosis raises questions about prostate cancer

LSU's coach diagnosis raises questions about prostate cancer

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An LSU coach's announcement that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer has raised questions about the disease.

Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron revealed Friday that he recently underwent successful treatment for the cancer. Radiation therapy was not required.

"I've been through the treatment and I've been given a clean bill of health," said Cameron during a press conference. He also said he will be on the football field come this fall.

So what is the disease?

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in American men, according to the American Cancer Society.

About one in seven men are diagnosed during their lifetimes. This year, the American Cancer Society estimates more than 200,000 men will develop the cancer.

"Because it is so common, many men if they live long enough will have a chance of getting this cancer," said Charles Berggreen, a Baton Rouge doctor.

Symptoms from the cancer do not always appear right away, making prostate exams the best way to catch the disease.

Doctors recommend men get tested each year starting around age 40.

"If prostate cancer is very advanced it can be difficult to treat, but if prostate cancer is caught in an early stage, it is one of the least deadliest and the most curable," Berggreen said.

About one of eight men diagnosed with prostate cancer die as a result of the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

Often, prostate cancer is treated with surgery. Other treatments include hormonal and radiation treatments.  Depending on how advanced the cancer is, chemotherapy may be required.

In order to reduce the risk of the cancer, doctors recommend not smoking, eating a good diet with fruits and vegetables, and maintaining a healthy weight.

More information about the cancer can be found at the American Cancer Society's website.

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