When Should you start Prostate Cancer Screenings

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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013 10:41 am | Updated: 11:00 am, Mon Jul 15, 2013.

Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among men in the United States but routine screenings can help decrease the risk.

A prostate cancer diagnosis is typically not seen until later in life said Dr. Andrew Stephenson, who treats prostate cancer patients at Cleveland Clinic. He explained, “Prostate cancer is an uncommon diagnose before the age of 40 and even before the age of 50.“

Prostate cancer is a form of cancer that develops in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. Typically, a blood test, called a P-S-A will tell a man his chances of developing prostate cancer. this is typically done in a man’s 40’s, or around age 50.

Men with a family history of prostate cancer and African-American men are at greater risk of developing the disease, so regular screening may start sooner for them.

Dr. Stephenson said early detection is key. “Definitely the PSA test detects these cancers at an earlier and more curable stage. The downside is we’re identifying a lot of slow-growing, or what we call indolent cancers, which may pose minimal threat to the patient’s well-being and longevity.”

A P-S-A test can give doctors as many as 5 to 6 years of lead time, so cancers are being diagnosed earlier and earlier.

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