Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, yet many men don’t know they should get tested regularly. Early detection is key with prostate cancer because it can be treated more effectively if caught early on. Here are three reasons why all men should get tested for it regularly.
The Risk Increases With Age
The risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age, and the American Cancer Society recommends that all men aged 55 or older should be screened annually. Men aged 45–55 should discuss their risk factors with a healthcare provider to determine if they are candidates for testing. This could include genetic history, family medical history, lifestyle factors such as diet, and other health concerns such as diabetes or heart disease.
Early Detection Is Key
Prostate cancer is one of the few cancers that can be detected before symptoms appear and early detection makes a huge difference when it comes to successful treatment and recovery rates. As with any health issue, the earlier you detect it, the better your chances for successful treatment.
That’s why regular check-ups are so important when it comes to catching prostate cancer in its early stages – before symptoms become present and before it has had a chance to spread beyond the prostate gland itself.
Catching It Early Can Save Your Life
Having regular screenings allows doctors to catch prostate cancer in its earliest stages when it is easiest to treat and cure. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, almost 100% of men survive at least five years after being diagnosed with localized prostate cancer if they seek treatment right away.
That number drops significantly to 30%t if the cancer has already spread beyond the prostate gland before it’s diagnosed. That’s why regular screening is so important; catching it early can literally save your life!
Prostate cancer is a serious health concern for men that increases in risk as they age; that’s why regular check-ups are so important for detecting this type of cancer in its earliest stages when successful treatment outcomes are much higher than if diagnosis occurs after symptoms appear or after the disease has spread beyond the prostate gland itself.
Don’t wait until you experience discomfort or notice subtle changes; make sure you talk to your doctor about getting tested for prostate cancer regularly starting at age 45 (or earlier depending on your individual risk factors). Taking proactive steps today could save your life tomorrow!
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Author: Brooke Chaplan
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening.