What is the best way to test for prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men, accounting for about 29 percent of all cancers diagnosed in men. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death (behind lung and colon cancer) among American men, who are predominantly diagnosed between 50-74 years old. In the U.S., prostate cancer is found in all states with the exception of North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.
How to test for prostate cancer
One in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. While early detection is key to successful treatment, many men don’t realize they should be screened for the disease until it’s too late.
The test for prostate cancer is called a digital rectal exam or DRE. This exam can be done by your doctor or another healthcare professional. The DRE is painless and similar to having a bowel movement – you’ll need to wipe after the exam. If you have any questions about what to do, ask your doctor or another healthcare professional. You may also contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit their website at www.cancer.org
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is cancer that starts in the prostate gland. The prostate is a small, walnut-sized gland located just below the bladder in men. The prostate produces fluid that helps semen to travel easily through the penis during sexual intercourse. Cancer develops when cells in the prostate grow out of control.
Most cases of prostate cancer are found early when the tumor is still small and has not spread beyond the prostate. Symptoms of prostate cancer may include problems with urination, such as difficulty starting or stopping urination or a weak flow of urine; blood in urine or semen; pain in the back, hips, or thighs; and bone pain.
Which test is the best way to test for prostate cancer?
There is no one definitive answer to this question; it depends on the individual and his particular circumstances.
Talk to your doctor about which test is best for you.