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Wellness and Prevention

Preventing prostate cancer

While there is no sure-fire way to prevent prostate cancer, the earlier it is detected, the better your chances are of living a long and healthy life after prostate cancer.

Annual screenings are the key to catching the early symptoms of prostate cancer

Because early prostate cancer often has no obvious symptoms, annual screenings are the most effective way to stay healthy. Your doctor will use two methods:

  • Feeling for an unusual lump by means of a digital rectal exam (DRE)
  • Testing your blood for prostate specific antigen (PSA)

Both of these tests are effective when done every year so your doctor can look for changes. Most men should start at age 50—those at higher risk should begin at age 40.

Are you at risk for prostate cancer?

  • Age—The longer men live, the greater their chances of developing prostate cancer. Up to 80% of prostate cancers are diagnosed in men aged 65 and older.*
    *ACS Facts and Figures 2008
  • Family history—Your risk is higher if others in your family have had prostate cancer.
  • Race—Prostate cancer occurs about 70% more often in African American men than in Caucasian or Northern European men.
  • Physical activity—Staying physically active and keeping a healthy weight may reduce your risk of developing signs of prostate cancer.

Additional resources:

Make sure you're getting the best possible prostate care. Find a physician now or call 847.618.4YOU (4968) for a free physician referral.

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Last Updated 04/10/2009