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When Should You Have Your Prostate Checked?

Prostate cancer screening has become a controversial topic. You may have wondered why your doctor stopped screening you for it. Learn the pros and cons of prostate cancer screening and the risk factors associated with prostate cancer to help you decide whether or not to get screened.

By
Sanaz Majd, MD,
August 10, 2017
Episode #245

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Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer

By far, the most common risk factor is age. Approximately 80% of those over the age of 65 will develop prostate cancer. But because the cancer is typically slow growing, most men with prostate cancer do not die from it. They die from other medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, which is the top cause of death in the U.S. for both men and wome

Here are other patient populations who are higher risk, and who may potentially benefit from screening:

·         African Americans are 2 times more likely to die from prostate cancer.

·         Those with a family history of prostate cancer in a first degree relative (parent or sibling)

·         A diet high in fat

In summary, it is vital for you and your physician together to decide if the pros outweigh the potential cons when deciding on whether or not to screen you for prostate cancer. If you have any of these risk factors, make sure to mention them to your doctor. And now, after reading this, you will be equipped with the knowledge and latest information on this topic, in order to discuss it thoroughly with your doctor.

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