Many men have questions about how to detect prostate cancer. Although prostate cancer is common, it is not always recommended screening. The following information can help you start a conversation about prostate cancer with your doctor or nurse. What is the prostate? The prostate is a small man sex gland that produces the fluid that carries sperm. . Located below the bladder and in front of the rectum ? Who is at risk for prostate cancer Risk factors for prostate cancer are:
- Being 50 years of age or older
- Being African-American
- Having a parent, brother or son who has had prostate cancer
Why is not recommended to test for prostate cancer?
Not recommended be tested for prostate cancer because the risks of testing and treatment outweigh the benefits.
- Most of the time, prostate cancer progresses so slowly that it does not cause death or symptoms occur.
- Treatment for prostate cancer is more likely to cause medical problems the cancer itself.
- The test for prostate cancer that we have at this time can not tell if you have a cancer that will cause problems or not.
What should I ask the doctor?
Here are some questions you can ask the doctor or nurse:
- Am I at risk for prostate cancer?
- What I can do to lower the risk of prostate cancer?
- What are the benefits and risks of testing for prostate cancer and the treatments available?
- Are there warning signs or symptoms of prostate cancer who should I watch?
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