More than 200,000 American men are affected by prostate cancer, making it the second most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst men in the United States. Fortunately, it is a very slow developing cancer confined to the prostate gland. So as long as it is detected early, prostate cancer is very curable.
There is a lot of debate regarding the risks and benefits of screening healthy men for prostate cancer. Whether to be screened or not is a conversation worth having with your primary care doctor, particularly if you are a senior and are considered high-risk. Prostate cancer may show no signs in the early stages; that’s why it is important to know what the risk factors are.
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A few factors that increase your risk of prostate cancer include:
- Age: Prostate cancer is most common amongst senior’s age 65 and older.
- African American: It’s not clear why this is the case, but statistically, African American males are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, and developing an advanced or aggressive case of prostate cancer.
- Family History: If you have a family history of prostate cancer, you are at a higher risk.
- Obesity: Statistics has shown that obese men diagnosed with prostate cancer are more difficult to treat.
covers a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test every 12 months free of fees for all men over 50 years old with Medicare. Medicare every 12 months also covers digital rectal exams; however you must pay 20% of the Medicare approved amount for the exam and the part B deductible applies.
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