What is the Most Common Age for Prostate Cancer?

by | Sep 21, 2018 | Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is typically diagnosed between the ages of 40 and 70 – although it appears in men younger than 40, too. In most cases, prostate cancer can take up to 15 years to spread, but occasionally it can be a much more aggressive cancer and develop rapidly.

It is commonly recommended that men see a physician to ensure their prostate is healthy and cancer-free beginning at age 50.

Screening for Prostate Cancer

Two common screenings for prostate cancer are:

·      A digital rectal exam (DRE) in which your doctor physically examines your prostate – a gland located between the urethra and bladder – by inserting a gloved, lubricated finger in the rectum. If any abnormalities are noted, further testing may be recommended.

·      A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test measures the level of substances produced by the prostate. High levels may indicate the presence of cancer of the prostate. PSA levels of 4.0 nanograms per milliliter or lower are considered normal.

While both DRE and PSA screenings are commonly performed, neither conclusively identifies prostate cancer – that can only be done by biopsy. A transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) may be used to properly place the needle during the biopsy. TRUS imaging involves a small, lubricated probe inserted into the rectum that emits sound waves to help create an image of the prostate area.

If You Think You Have Prostate Cancer

Symptoms of prostate cancer include difficulty urinating, blood in the urine, erectile dysfunction, and hip, back, or chest pain. If you believe you could have prostate cancer, be sure to speak to your physician as soon as possible.

While prostate cancer typically grows very slowly, your chances of survival are significantly superior with early detection and treatment.

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