This year, in the United States, more than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. And, more than 21,000 men will die from the disease. That is why regular screenings are so important. They can save your life. It is important to talk to your health care provider about prostate cancer screening.
What is prostate cancer? Prostate cancer forms in the tissue of the prostate gland, which is part of the male reproductive system. If caught at an early stage, prostate cancer is highly treatable.
Who is at risk? All men are at risk. Regular screenings are important, because men may not experience any symptoms with prostate cancer.
What are the risk factors? Researchers don’t know what causes prostate cancer. But, they do know that several factors might increase the risk of developing it such as, if you are over 50, African American, eat a high-fat diet or have a father, brother or son with the disease.
When should you get screened? It is important that you talk with your health care provider about being screened for prostate cancer at age 50. If you are at high-risk for prostate cancer, you should ask your health care provider about screenings at age 40.
Listen to Dr. George Hansen's Recommendations on Prostate Cancer Screening