Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, with one in six men developing it in their lifetime. It is the second leading cause of deaths related to cancer in men, following just behind lung cancer. In most cases, prostate cancer is curable if it is caught early enough. However, in the early stages of prostate cancer, symptoms are often unnoticeable until it is too late. This is why it is of crucial importance that you get regular prostate exams.
At Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson, we are aware that many men feel awkward or uncomfortable about their prostate being examined. This is a normal feeling to have, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid the exam. Regular prostate exams are an important preventative measure against cancer, and can save your life.
Here are two types of tests for prostate cancer: prostate-specific antigen tests and digital rectal exams. Men over 50 should schedule an annual digital rectal exam. If your family has a history of prostate or other cancers, you should begin these exams at age 40. The digital rectal exam is a quick and simple examination of the prostate. The prostate-specific antigen test detects the amount of PSA in your bloodstream, which the prostate makes and aids in semen production. When you get older, the amount of PSA in your blood raises, so your doctor will assess the results of the test against healthy levels according to your age. While neither of these tests will actually tell your doctor if you have cancer, they indicate a need for further testing.
When you need a prostate exam, Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson can help. Contact us today to schedule your annual physical.