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What age do I need to get my prostate checked?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. James Gulley
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.
Dr. Robert Bass
Urology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Robert Bass
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Howard Usitalo
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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
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In brief: 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!

In brief: 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. Allen Seely
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Dr. James Lin
Urology

In brief: Here are some ...

When to check the prostate is usually referred to the concern of prostate cancer (Ca-P).
For average-risk men, start check at 50; for high-risk men (positive family Hx of Ca-P, blacks, or exposure to Agent Orange), start at 45. The content of checking prostate includes Hx, PSA, DRE (digital rectal exam) and PSA. More detail? To http://formefirst.com/FreeInfoProstate.html.

In brief: Here are some ...

When to check the prostate is usually referred to the concern of prostate cancer (Ca-P).
For average-risk men, start check at 50; for high-risk men (positive family Hx of Ca-P, blacks, or exposure to Agent Orange), start at 45. The content of checking prostate includes Hx, PSA, DRE (digital rectal exam) and PSA. More detail? To http://formefirst.com/FreeInfoProstate.html.
Dr. James Lin
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Dr. James Kuan
Urology

In brief: 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...

In brief: 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...
Dr. James Kuan
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Dr. James Gulley
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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 Gulley
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