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Prostate Cancer: When And Why A Man Should Be Screened

They say, “With age comes wisdom.” If that is truly the case, with prostate cancer, men should understand when and why a man should be screened. If you’re not sure about the importance of screening, keep reading.

Know The Factsman talking to doctor about prostate cancer

All men are at risk for prostate cancer, which is the best reason why a man should be screened. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in the US, and the risk for African-American men is 70% higher than white men.

Other risks factors include the following:

    • The older you are, your risk increases, especially over age 50
    • Being African American
    • Having a family history of prostate cancer
    • Eating a diet high in animal fats
    • Genetic mutations can increase your risk

According to the CDC, “The goal of screening for prostate cancer is to find cancers that may be at high risk for spreading if not treated, and to find them early before they spread.”

The truth is most prostate cancers grow slowly or not at all.

What Is The Screening Process

Men are screened via a blood test and a DRE. The blood test measures the amount of the protein PSA, or prostate-specific antigen, to determine if there may be cancer cells in the prostate gland. There is usually a follow-up test to see if there are any changes to the levels of PSA.

The other test involves a digital rectal examination, or DRE, to feel the prostate for abnormalities.

When Should Men Be Screened For Prostate Cancer

In consultation with Dr. Steven Gange, men should begin screening from age 50 through 69 if they are at average risk.

For those with higher risk, like African American men, should begin screening at age 45.

Men who are 70 and older should not be screened.

On average, out of 100 American men, 13 will get prostate cancer during their lifetime, and 2 to 3 will die. Consider your age and your own risk factors and talk with Dr. Gange at our Salt Lake City office.

Contact Dr. Gange at (801) 993-1800 if you are ready to discuss being screened for prostate cancer or if you have additional questions.

New Patient Appointment Request

I have seen Dr. Gange for a number of years and developed the typical symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. During my annual urologist visit, Dr. Gange laid out my options. After doing some personal research, I elected to have the Urolift procedure performed by Dr. Gange on an outpatient basis.

The procedure was uncomfortable but not particularly painful compared to other surgeries I have had. Recovery was relatively quick and I was back at work after two days of rest.

I did experience some significant discomfort associated with urination but was counseled that I was not drinking enough water. Once I increased my consumption of water, most of the discomfort went away and I was back to normal after about two weeks.

In the wake of the surgery, the urgency to urinate has gone away. The interval between trips to the bathroom has lengthened significantly such that I usually get up to urinate only once each night and sometimes not at all.

Having talked with others who have had more drastic prostate surgery, I feel that the Urolift procedure was much less stressful and the results were as hoped for.