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Frequently Asked Questions


What does the prostate screening test involve?


Should only older men be concerned about prostate cancer?


Are all men equally at risk for developing prostate cancer?


Who should consider an annual prostate cancer screening?


What does the prostate screening test involve?

Screening consists of two simple tests: the Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) and a blood test called the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test.

 

An elevated PSA or any abnormality in the DRE means that you should consult with your doctor about additional tests.

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Should only older men be concerned about prostate cancer?

In some instances, prostate cancer can strike younger men in the 40¿s and 50¿s, especially if there is a history of prostate cancer. All adult men need to learn about this cancer and pay attention to their bodies.

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Are all men equally at risk for developing prostate cancer?

Advancing age is the most important risk factor for developing prostate cancer. African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer are also at greater risk.

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Who should consider an annual prostate cancer screening?

* Men over 50

* African-American men over the age of 40

* Men over the age of 40 with a history of prostate cancer

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