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Prostate Cancer Screening

Screening for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among men in the United States, particularly men over 50. Methodist believes that all men over age 50 should discuss screening options with their physician.

Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer

The screenings your physician recommends will depend heavily on your risk factors for developing prostate cancer. Keep in mind that having one or more risk factors does not mean you will definitely get the disease, and having no risk factors does not mean you cannot develop it.

Studies have linked several factors to the risk for prostate cancer:

  • Being age 65 or older
  • Family history of prostate cancer
  • Having high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN), prostate cells that look abnormal under a microscope
  • Certain genome changes

It’s important that both you and your physician are aware of any factors that could increase your risk of developing prostate cancer.

Digital Rectal Exam

A digital rectal exam is often part of a routine physical examination. Your doctor inserts a lubricated, gloved finger into your the lower part of youh3r rectum to feel the prostate for lumps or other abnormalities. If he or she finds anything unusual, a second screening test may be performed.

Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test

A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test measures the level of a substance called PSA in the blood. This substance is made mostly by the prostate that may be found in an increased amount in the blood of men who have prostate cancer.

To learn more about prostate cancer screening at the Methodist Cancer Center, please call us at 713-790-2700.

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