Should I Be Screened for Prostate Cancer?

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month puts the focus on men's risk factors and the need for screenings.

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men with 1 in 6 men being diagnosed in their lifetimes. In fact, the older a man is, the higher his risk is of being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Luckily, men do have screening options to find and stop this cancer before it becomes dangerous. But do you know when you should be screened for prostate cancer? Here are some points to consider.

You should discuss prostate cancer screening options with your physician if:

  • You are over the age of 50
  • You have a family history of prostate cancer
  • You are African-American

Don't Ignore the Symptoms
If you have any symptoms of prostate cancer, we recommend that you schedule a screening. Again, talk to your physician about which type of screening is appropriate depending on your risk factors and symptoms. Signs of prostate cancer may include:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Difficulty with your urine flow
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder entirely
  • An increased urge to urinate
  • Pain during urination
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Pelvic or hip pain that does not dissipate
  • Ejaculation pain

Denton Regional Medical Center is here to help you assess your risks for prostate cancer. Don't ignore any symptoms that could indicate a prostate condition or cancer. Visit our Health Library to learn more about the causes, risks, symptoms and treatment of prostate cancer. Please call 1-855-477-DRMC for a physician referral.

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