Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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Per the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. The chance of developing prostate cancer can depend on family history and race—as African American men are 1.8x more likely to develop prostate cancer per the Zero Cancer Organization. The likelihood of developing prostate cancer can increase with age.

In terms of screening, tests include: the Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) which is a physical exam to check for any abnormalities in the prostate gland and the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test which would test the blood for abnormally high levels of PSA in the blood.

The standard age to start screening is normally 45 (and 40 for African American men) but can also depend on your family history or if you develop symptoms (though rare). Talk to your doctor to learn more about prostate cancer and when you should start receiving screenings today.

Sources:

pcf.org

Zerocancer.org

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