Prostate Cancer Screening Exams

The main objective of getting screened for prostate cancer is to diagnose cancers that may be at increased risk for spreading in your body if not treated and detect them early before they spread. It’s strongly recommended that men consult their trusted doctors about the potential benefits, risks, and harms associated with prostate screening exams.

Check out the recommendation details applied to most men for prostate cancer screening:

Age 40

  • Remember to check and review all the screening risks, harms, and benefits with your chosen healthcare provider.
  • Get a Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam done.

Age 45

  • Ensure to talk about screening risks and benefits with a trusted healthcare provider.
  • If you decide to be screened, obtain a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test.
  • It’s strongly advised to get a digital rectal exam if you plan to be screened.
  • You must continue testing as suggested by your previous test results.

Age 75 or older

  • A skilled doctor can help and advise you on whether you should continue screening for prostate cancer or not.

Aside from regular exams, you must definitely practice awareness as it’s highly essential. It means you should know everything about your body and health. If you’re aware of your body, it will help you notice changes like unusual urination. Thus, once you notice the sudden changes or signs, you can instantly inform your doctor about these changes and get further suggestions.

Exams for men at high risk

Most men at high risk are more likely to get prostate cancer. However, it doesn’t precisely mean you will surely get cancer. Still, ensure to start getting screened at an earlier age or be tested as often as possible.

You’re at high risk when you come into the following categories:

  • Family history (particularly father, brother, son) of prostate cancer
  • African-America.