are few with this deadly cancer. Early prostate cancer presents with no symptoms and even at the advanced stage, it may only cause a weak urine flow, something most men experience anyway. This is why having the prostate checked regularly is so critical.
What to Expect From a Prostate Exam?
The prostate exam allows the doctor to feel for abnormal growths on the gland and surrounding area. Often referred to as a digital rectal exam, it involves the practitioner inserting a gloved finger into the rectum. The doctor may also suggest you get a prostate-specific antigen, PSA, test as part of your screening, especially if cancer runs in your family.
After age 50, it is recommended that you get your prostate checked every year. If you are African-American or there is a history of prostate cancer in your family, yearly screening might start earlier. It takes just a few seconds and is a critical part of maintaining prostate health.
Lifestyle choices are also important for keeping your prostate healthy.
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Exercise regularly
• Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
• Don’t smoke
If you are worried about your prostate health or that of someone you love, give us a call. We can answer any questions you might have and set up an appointment for screening.
Schedule an appointment with a Revere Health Urologist today!