September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month. Stay healthy with these important reminders from Dr. Scott Miller, of Georgia Urology.
1. Know your risk. On average, men should check with their doctor at age 50. Those with higher risk due to family history or ethnic origin should begin at 45—by age 40 if a close family member has had prostate cancer.
2. No excuses! Don’t avoid early detection testing. Simple, digital tests, such as a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, are the most common forms of screening today.
3. Don’t wait. The later prostate cancer is found, the lower the survival rate. According to the National Cancer Institute the survival rate for men with cancer contained just to the prostate is nearly 100 percent. This rate drops to just 29 percent once the cancer has spread.