Cancer rates in the United States have begun to decline. But unfortunately, there has also been a rise in advanced prostate cancer cases. This has prompted doctors to encourage men to undergo proactive testing for the disease.
Dr. Michael Selva discussed the importance of prostate cancer screening with KSAT, emphasizing that early detection is the best way to find cancer before it has spread.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the United States, and early detection is crucial for effective treatment. Current recommendations are that men at 50 and older begin having their prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels tested annually. It is best for men to get a baseline PSA test in their 40s, which helps identify personal trends.
Men at higher risk for prostate cancer, such as those with a family history of the disease or who are Black, should speak with their doctor about when to begin testing.
Prostate cancer is highly treatable when found early. But advanced prostate cancer, or cancer that has spread, is more difficult to treat and has a higher mortality rate. Prostate cancer, unlike some other types of cancer, can’t necessarily be prevented. This makes proper screening even more important so that any cancer can be found early.