Celebrate Men’s Health
The month of June is Men’s Health Month. Therefore, this month is the perfect time to remind the special men in your life about the importance of prostate cancer prevention and screening . Below is a look at the details of prostate cancer screening so that you can spread the word to the men you love.
A man’s risk for prostate cancer increases as he gets older, so the age of 50 is generally considered an ideal time to get a prostate cancer screening. Prostate cancer does also tend to run in families, so men with close relatives affected by prostate cancer are at a higher risk for developing this disease.
There are two tests most commonly used for early prostate cancer diagnoses: Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) and Prostate Specific Antigen Test (PSA). The DRE involves feeling the prostate with a gloved finger to check for the presence of abnormal lumps or growths. PSA testing measures the level of prostate specific antigen in the blood, as elevated PSA levels may indicate the presence of cancer. It is important to note, however, that PSA may be raised by other conditions such as prostate infections, so this test is generally followed by more detailed exams if results show high PSA.
As research progresses to develop more accurate screening tests for prostate cancer, men should be aware that there are distinct risks and benefits of screening. Speaking to the doctor is the best way to understand these factors for each individual.
For more information about prostate cancer—including a look at modern prostate cancer treatment with da Vinci Robotically-Assisted Prostatectomy—contact Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. You can reach us through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at 1-(805) 497-2727 to schedule medical services, find a physician, or get quick answers to your medical questions.