Best Rx: Dr. Mark Merlin from Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia

Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia’s Dr. Mark Merlin is here to answer a reader’s question about screening for prostate cancer.

Dr. Mark Merlin

Q: When should a man begin screening for prostate cancer?

A: Currently there are multiple opinions regarding who should be screened for prostate cancer. The most common answer is for men to begin having annual digital rectal exams at age 40 and having annual PSA levels drawn at age 50. Men with a strong family history of prostate cancer or African-American men should consider having their PSA levels checked as early as age 40 due to their increased risk of developing this disease.

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