Prostate cancer

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Finding prostate cancer early

When prostate cancer is found and treated early, the chances of successful treatment are better. Get regular health checkups and see your doctor if you have any symptoms or are worried about your health.

The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is a key step in detecting prostate cancer early. It’s a blood test that can determine if a man’s PSA levels are higher than they should be – this can indicate that something might be wrong before symptoms are noticed.

Talk to your doctor about the PSA test. Make an informed decision about whether the PSA test is right for you by talking with your doctor and considering your personal risk factors.

  • If you are at average risk of developing prostate cancer, consider testing from age 50.
  • If you are at high risk of developing prostate cancer, consider testing from age 45. Black men and those with a family history of prostate cancer are considered to be at high risk.

Your PSA levels will determine how often you get tested. The decision to stop testing is based on your PSA levels, age and general health.

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