It’s a simple fact that men are typically uncomfortable submitting to prostate screening exams. After all, the routine screening tests are a bit invasive and they are not pleasant. The benefits of going in for routine screening, however, far outweigh a few minutes time spent being uncomfortable. When this form of cancer is detected early, treatment is almost always successful.
While technically any man can develop prostate cancer, there are some risk factors that make going in for routine exams staring around the age of 50 critical. These factors include:
Prostate cancer is almost always an older man’s disease. It is very rare for a man under the age of 40 to develop this disease. About six in 10 cases, however, are diagnosed in males around the age of 65.
The race or ethnicity of a man can play a role in the likelihood of this disease developing. African-American and Caribbean men of African descent are as much as twice as likely to die from prostate cancer than white men. Keep in mind, however, that white men and those of other ethnicities are still candidates.
As it is with other forms of cancer, family history and genetics do seem to play a role. If a father, brother or uncle has been diagnosed with the disease, it becomes more important for a man to undergo regular screenings.
There are a number of other risk factors that can make screenings especially important. Diet, obesity level, workplace exposure to carcinogens and other similar factors can increase the risk for prostate cancer and other forms of cancer.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cancer-related killer of American men. This disease, however, is highly treatable when men are aggressive about screenings. Considering the potential risks, it’s worth following a screening schedule to ensure this disease is caught early and eradicated if it arises.