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Prostate cancer - detection

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Updated: 1/14/2003 2:29 pm
Prostate cancer is an often 'silent' disease in its earliest stages. This is why men need to follow the guidelines for detecting prostate cancer. The American Cancer society recommends that all men age forty and over have an annual digital rectal exam by a doctor to check for prostate cancer. The exam is simple and takes about one minute. Beginning at age fifty, men should also have a P.S.A or Prostate Specific Antigen blood test. The P.S.A test should always be done before the rectal exam to prevent having a false result. If either test is abnormal, further diagnostic tests are needed to learn if cancer or another prostate problem is present. Prostate cancer may be cured if caught early. According to the American Cancer Society, ninety-one percent of men diagnosed at an early stage are alive five years later. Early treatment allows many men with early prostate cancer to remain sexually active and keep bladder and bowel control. Even advanced cases can often be effectively treated. For more information on prostate cancer and detection, consult your health care provider.

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