Prostate Cancer Screening
What is Prostate Cancer Screening?
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States.
Most prostate cancer grows slowly or not at all, so it can be present without causing symptoms. Screening is done to find cancer at an early stage, when it can be most effectively treated.
When Should You Get a Prostate Exam?
The American Cancer Society recommends that men over 50 talk to their health care provider about prostate cancer screening to find out if it is necessary.
Men who have close relatives diagnosed with prostate cancer may wish to talk to their doctor as young as 40.
How is a Prostate Cancer Exam Performed?
There are two tests are commonly used to screen for prostate cancer.
- Digital rectal exam (DRE): A doctor or nurse inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to check the prostate and feel for lumps or other abnormalities.
- Prostate specific antigen (PSA) test: Levels of PSA in the blood can be higher in men who have prostate cancer.
Do You Need a Prostate Cancer Screening?
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