A 42-year-old male asked:
i'm 42, my dad died from colon and prostate cancer. when should i have a prostate exam? i've never had a testicular exam either, should i?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes indeed: I'm glad you're aware of ways to reduce your risk. Your physical exam will include a prostate check, if not now than starting within the next few years. You do your own testicular self-exam when you're in the shower -- learn your way around and report any new surprise masses to your physician.
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Radiation Oncology 24 years experience
Screening; family hx: Guidelines for prostate cancer screening are controversial. The acs recommends that men at high risk, aa ; with 1st degree relatives diagnosed earlier than 65, should start discussing pros and cons of screening (psa and digital rectal exam) with their doctors starting at age 40. For colon cancer, the acs recommends screening at age 40 with family hx or 10 yrs before youngest case.
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Last updated Jan 31, 2018
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