Getting Checked for Prostate Cancer


Did you know that 1 out of 6 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and that prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men? Would knowing this prompt a man to go to his doctor for a digital rectal exam and a prostate blood test? Probably not since men don’t go to the doctors unless they are severely ill according to a recent study. What if they knew that the chances of getting prostate cancer double if they have a close relative with prostate cancer? Or that the chances of getting prostate cancer jump to five times more if two close relatives have prostate cancer? A new study shows that it doesn’t have to be a close relative with prostate cancer. Researchers have shown a link between heritary breast cancer and prostate cancer.

Another study shows that “men whose fathers or brothers had prostate cancer, are on average, diagnosed six to seven years earlier than men with no family history of this disease“.  Since heredity is the strongest risk factor for prostate cancer, men should be sure to let their doctor know of a family history of prostate or hereditary breast cancer. Prostate cancer screening should begin earlier for these men.  

Men shouldn’t wait until they are severely ill to go to the doctor. Prostate cancer often doesn’t have symptoms in the early stages. By the time symptoms are felt, the cancer may have spread to bones and near-by organs. Early detection saves lives. Men need to know the statistics, pay attention to their family tree, and go see their doctor.

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One Comment on “Getting Checked for Prostate Cancer”

  1. With all the controversy about prostate cancer, nothing can be discussed until men know if they have it or not. So, it is all about early detection and that is dependent on awareness and breaking down barriers to men getting checked. I agree with your last statement as the essence of where we are now.

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