Men deal with reproductive system health issues as much as women do. Specifically, a common concern for men is prostate cancer, which is cancer of the prostate gland. This occurs when the prostate cells undergo genetic changes. Common symptoms include blood in the urine, semen, and ejaculation issues. As a male, you may wonder about the right time to get a prostate screening. If so, do not worry, as we have you covered with everything you need to know in this article.
What causes prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is treatable if caught early enough. The most common causes involve genetics and race.
It can occur at almost any age when the reproductive system is in action. However, it is more common the older you are. Specifically, around one in nine men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Other causes include obesity and age.
When should a man get a prostate screening?
It is recommended to get a prostate screening earlier in life if you have a family history of concern or are of African American descent. If so, your screening should occur at the age of 40.
For others, it is recommended to get a prostate screening at 45. However, if you have concerns or symptoms, then you should get a screening earlier.
You may put off getting a screening due to a lack of symptoms or being at low risk. If that is the case, you should get a screening with your PCP (primary care physician) at around the age of 50 or 55. If you do not mention it, they most likely will. Although you may not have symptoms or be at risk, screening is advised as prostate cancer can be an invisible issue, especially during the early stages.
If you manage to catch cancer in the prostate glands early on, then you will likely be able to treat it.
Where can you get a prostate screening?
You can get a prostate screening at your local primary care physician (PCP) practice, like PCP For Life. There, they will assess your health, discuss whether you are at high risk, and put you forward for the screening as soon as possible.
What a prostate screening involves
A PCP can conduct a prostate screening in two ways:
The first way is a PSA, which involves taking a blood sample from the urine or sperm. The second is a quick 30-second rectal examination. Both methods are quick and painless.
In some cases, both methods will be used for the most reliable results. After the examination and assessment of results, you will either be given a checkup appointment or further testing.
If you require further testing, it may be due to the PCP being concerned about your results. If so, they will assist you with the next steps and provide you with the best care.
You should never avoid getting a prostate screening. If you are vulnerable or at high risk, it is advised to seek screening earlier on in life. If you are at a lower risk, you are advised to get regular screenings to ensure that there are no underlying issues.
For more than 30 years, PCP For Life has been helping men all around the Greater Houston Area get prostate screening. To learn more about the screening or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 281-370-7272.