Let’s be honest, it’s one of the exams that men dread the most. The American Cancer Society reports that 1 in 7 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. While that number is relatively high, prostate cancer deaths are considerably less common.
Only 1 in 38 men will die from prostate cancer. While the prostate exam isn’t exactly a “fun” procedure, it is an important part of keeping your health in check.
Age: The risk of prostate cancer increases with age, especially after age 50. More than 80% of prostate cancers are diagnosed in men who are 65 or older.
Ethnic background: According to the American Cancer Society, Asian and Latino men have the lowest incidences of prostate cancer. In contrast, African-American men are more likely to develop the disease than men of other races and ethnicities. They’re also more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage and have a poor outcome.
Family history: Men whose relatives have had prostate cancer are considered to be at high risk. Having a father or brother with the disease more than doubles your risk for prostate cancer.
Why Is A Prostate Exam Important?
If you are aged over 50, prostate exams become incredibly important as they help catch any problems in their earliest stages when they can still be treated. Even just a small infection in the prostate can quickly develop into a very serious problem.
Prostate cancer develops very slowly within the prostate and men can go for many years without noticing any symptoms and only get diagnosed when it’s too late. By detecting prostate cancer early on, the survival rates are very high and the treatment is much less invasive.
Early detection is key, so do yourself a favor and go to your doctor to get your prostate checked out today!