A lot of debate has surrounded the idea of annual prostate cancer screening. The slow-growing nature of prostate cancer gives mixed ideas on whether men should take the PSA test or not. It is possible for men to live a healthy life with untreated prostate cancer in an approach known as Active Surveillance, especially in older men. But when cases of prostate cancer present an immediate threat, they need to be treated at once.
Here is why men should get screened:
- Men are advised to be proactive in their efforts to fight prostate cancer by getting screened. This is because the disease is often diagnosed late due to the tendency by some of the men to avoid routine check-ups. Treatment for prostate cancer is available and is based on the stage of the cancer.
- Men should avoid getting third-party medical information from peers but instead seek professional guidance. Those within the 40 and 60 age bracket should go for regular check-ups and screening for prostate cancer.
- With symptoms like weak or interrupted urine flow, frequent urination, blood in the seminal fluid, the urge to urinate frequently at night, blood in urine, pain during urination, erectile dysfunction and more, early screening can help to detect the disease and treat it before it metastasizes.
- Sometimes the symptoms mentioned may not present in some men with prostate cancer because of other noncancerous conditions such as an enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia.
- Causes of symptoms may be due to a different medical condition other than cancer. Urinary symptoms can also arise from a bladder infection or other conditions. That is why it is vital to get medical checkups.
Doctors recommend screening and checkups arguing that cases of prostate cancer that are found early can be cured quickly before they spread and with minimal chances of relapse. Active surveillance and regular checkups can also help men to avoid the side effects of treatments and surgeries.
Public education and awareness can help men admit that prostate cancer is a problem that needs to be addressed. Taking personal responsibility for their own health is what men should be doing. An annual thorough medical checkup will help them rule out any possible disease or infections.