"Dear Ask Alison,
I'm in my late 30s. When do I need to start having prostate screenings?"
~ Doug G., O'Fallon
Dr. Hall will be speaking at the Guy’s Night Out on September 13th. Join us for a presentation, following by a healthy cooking demo featuring your favorite Tailgating foods made healthy! Call 636-916-9355 to register, or register online at www.BJCStCharlesCounty.org
As they age, some men may experience signs of an enlarged prostate, which could include more frequent need to urinate and increased urgency. This usually doesn’t mean there is cancer present, but you should check with your physician for
additional tests and medication options.
There are very few signs of prostate cancer early on, which is why screening is so important.
Risk and Prevention
African American men are over two times more likely to die from prostate disease, and men with family history of prostate cancer are considered high risk. Both of these groups should consider prostate screenings between ages 40-45
Men at average risk should consider screenings at age 50. Your physician will conduct a digital rectal exam, along with a PSA (Prostate-Specific-Antigen) blood test, which can detect problems in the prostate before signs and symptoms develop.
Some low-risk cancers may not require immediate treatment, but may be watched closely by your physician, this is called active surveillance.
Additional treatment may include surgical removal of the gland or radiation. Siteman Cancer Center just completed a national study showing effective radiation treatment over 5 ½ weeks, instead of the traditional 8 week program.
Be sure to check out Dr. Hall’s“Doc Picks” recommended reading display at the MK Library, or click on a title to reserve your copy today!