Who: All African-American men over 40 and any man who has a father, brother or son with a history of prostate cancer should start screening at age 40.
For all other men, the greatest benefit of screening is between the ages of 55 to 69, according to the 2013 guidelines from the American Urology Association.
Why: Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men in the U.S. other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, exceeded only by lung cancer. Nearly 240,000 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lives; or one in three for African-American men. Early detection is key to saving lives.
How: Call 1-888-DMC-2500 or click here for an online appointment.
What is involved:
1) A digital rectal exam – a physician inserts a lubricated, gloved finger into the rectum and feels the prostate through the rectal wall, checking for hard or lumpy areas. No special preparations are needed prior to the exam. The test takes approximately 5 seconds.
2) A blood test to check levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), the results of which take 48 hours.