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Prostate Cancer Screenings Save Lives

What do you think, feel or see when you hear the words prostate cancer? If you’re like me just hearing the words trigger my body to cringe as my thoughts go to a friend who battled the disease for years. While not everyone has experienced this type of tragedy statistics do indicate that someone you know has or has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The National Cancer Institute reports that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. It is also the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

Fortunately the incidence of deaths from prostate cancer has decreased over the last decade. However a man’s lifetime risk of prostate cancer is one in six. Many experts attribute the decrease of deaths to early detection through annual screenings along with improved technology and treatments.

A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine backs up the statement “prostate cancer screenings can save lives”. The study screened men for prostrate cancer using a PSA or prostate- specific antigen test. The results showed that men screened were about thirty percent less likely to die from prostrate cancer over an 11-year period.

While preventative screenings are not the most enjoyable they can save lives. We all procrastinate from time to time when it comes to important tasks such as scheduling our annual screenings.  Yet, when we finally do it, we realize it wasn’t as difficult or as expensive as we thought it would be. Medicare Part B covers wide variety of screenings and services including the following:

  1. Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test— Don't worry about the cost on this one as it is free to all men with Medicare 50 and older.
  2.  Digital rectal exam—You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount after the yearly Part B deductible.

Preventive health screenings

Preventive health care matters in living a longer, healthy life, so its wise to take advantage of these preventive screenings and services. For more information call 1.866.999.3741 or schedule your appointment with FPG, today. We encourage your feedback please comment below, or you can chat with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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