Prostate Cancer Screening
Prostate cancer screening can detect signs of prostate cancer before you experience any symptoms. If you have a type of prostate cancer that has a high risk of spreading, it’s important to address it early.
Before undergoing prostate cancer screening, you should know the pros and cons of testing and treatment. Our expert team takes the time to talk with you so you can make an informed decision.
Who Needs Prostate Cancer Screening?
All men are at risk for prostate cancer, and it occurs most often in men older than 65. If you are a man between ages 55 and 69, talk with your doctor to determine if prostate cancer screening is right for you. You may benefit from a prostate cancer exam if you have any of these prostate cancer risk factors, including:
- Father, brother or other relative with prostate cancer, particularly if he developed it before age 60
- Race (Black men are more likely than men of other races to get prostate cancer)
- Personal history of prostate cancer at age 55 or younger
- Personal history of Lynch syndrome (hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer or HNPCC) which results from inherited gene mutations (changes)
- Relative with a known mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, which is linked to breast and ovarian cancers
What to Expect with Prostate Cancer Screening
Considering prostate cancer screening starts with a conversation with your doctor to understand the potential benefits and concerns of tests and treatments. If you decide to proceed with prostate cancer screening, you will undergo a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. This blood test checks for elevated PSA levels, which may signal prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer Treatment Options
While people may think that surgery is the primary way to treat aggressive prostate cancer, radiation can be just as effective. Talk with a surgeon and radiation oncologist before choosing a treatment.