Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America. It affects 1 in 7 men. But did you know your individual risk factors of developing prostate cancer play a pivotal role in when you should be screened?
It’s important to talk to your doctor to create a proactive prostate health plan that is based on your family history and your lifestyle. That conversation with your physician should begin at age 40.
Early detection and assessment could save your life. To determine the best method and frequency of screening, your doctor will consider the following things:
The older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Only 1 in 10,000 men under 40 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, but 1 in 38 men will be diagnosed between ages 40 to 59. Subsequently, 1 in 14 men between the ages of 60 and 69 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
If your father or brother has had prostate cancer, you are twice as likely to develop it. The risk is even higher if you have had several relatives affected by the disease.
Prostate cancer occurs in African American men more often than in other races and they are 2.5 times more likely to die from prostate cancer than Caucasian men. The disease occurs less frequently in Asian-American and Hispanic/Latino men.
Your doctor will also consider your diet, if you are a smoker or overweight and other risk factors when determining when and how often you should be screened.
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