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What age do i need to get my prostate checked?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
40: The american cancer society recommends: 50 years for men at average risk. 45 years for men at higher risk (african american men, men with father or brother diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65 years). 40 years for men at highest risk (multiple fam members diagnosed with prostate cancer by age 65). But i recommend every man start at age 40. The most aggressive cancers start younger.
Dr. James Gulley
Hematology and Oncology 26 years experience
There is considerable controversy regarding whether screening for prostate cancer saves lives. Certainly cancers caught early can be cured however many men diagnosed with prostate cancer will end up dying from something else. There is no simple answer to this question rather it involves a detailed discussion with your physician.
Apr 6, 2013
Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Symptoms at ANY age: At any age prostatitis (prostate infection) can be diagnosed at an office appointment with primary care, or an urgent care visit. The er is rarely needed for prostate check except for urine retention (unable to urinate). A 'yearly' psa blood test for prostate cancer is now controversial but yearly screening can be done over 50 years old by your primary care provider. Good luck!
Dr. Howard Usitalo
Urology 40 years experience
Age: If one has a family history of prostate cancer, a psa blood test and rectal exam should start at 40, otherwise 50. All men should start having prostate exams at age 40.
Dr. Robert Bass
Urology 19 years experience
Depends: Current recommendations for prostate cancer screening varies by race and familial risk factors. I recommend anyone over the age of 50 should be screened yearly with an exam and psa blood test. People with family history or of african-american descent should start earlier.
Dr. James Gulley
Hematology and Oncology 26 years experience
Prostate screening: There is significant controversy surrounding when and if to undergo screening for prostate cancer. For patients who have no symptoms most guidelines would suggest not screening men until at least page 40 to 50. Screening for testicular cancer in your age group is appropriate however.
Dr. James Kuan
Urology 22 years experience
Usually age 40: As long as you are healthy, screening with prostate exam is generally started at age 40. This is especially important if your father or a brother has had prostae cancer. So unless you have urinary symptoms or prostate pain / symptoms you likely have a few years to go...

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