Frequently Asked Questions

Q.

Should I be screened for prostate cancer?

A.

It is recommended that all men from the age of 50 have an annual digital rectal exam (DRE), and a PSA blood test. However, there are some men who have been found to be at a higher risk for developing prostate cancer. Men who have a brother or father who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer have a 2 to 9 times higher risk of developing prostate cancer themselves. These men who are at high risk should have annual DRE exam and PSA from the age of 40. Indeed, there is evidence to suggest that a single PSA done in the 40's may be predictive of future risk of prostate cancer and may be useful as a baseline test.

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