Early Detection: An Important Prostate Cancer Truth

Posted on: February 5th, 2019
by: Jennifer

It’s no secret that prostate cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the United States. Prostate cancer disproportionately affects men over the age of 50 and African-American men over the age of 40. Many experts agree that early detection is the most important factor to winning the battle against prostate cancer. What goes into making sure you are covering your bases against this deadly disease?

Why is early detection of prostate cancer important?
All experts and physicians agree that early detection for prostate cancer is important – but why? Prostate cancer often grows slowly and has little symptoms which is why it is important to be screened annually. The use of early detection tests for prostate cancer became more common in the United States starting in the early 1990s, and since then the prostate cancer death rate has dropped.

How often should I get screened for prostate cancer?
Most experts agree that men should start receiving regular prostate screenings after the age of 50 (after 40 for African-American men). We’ve all heard this advice before but few take the time to uncover the details about how often. Men over the age of 50 should get screened at least once a year for prostate cancer.

How do you test for prostate cancer?
A PSA blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE) are the two standard screening tests for prostate cancer. Some organizations solely rely on the digital rectal exam as a screening method. However, the Chicago Prostate Cancer Center recommends conducting both tests on patients.

What happens after my prostate exam?
A doctor will evaluate these prostate cancer screening tests and may recommend a biopsy if further investigation is needed. The vast majority of physicians use an ultrasound guided technique to remove several small pieces of prostate tissue for microscopic examination. If further action is needed, you can undergo a transperineal prostate biopsy at CPCC.

Why Choose Chicago Prostate Cancer Center To Perform The Procedure?
The Chicago Prostate Cancer Center is a national leader in prostate cancer research and treatment. Our philosophy always revolves around doing  what is in the best interest of our patients. We accomplish this by evaluating a patient not only for prostate cancer or elevated PSA levels, but by assessing a patient’s overall health, quality of life and social situation. Only then can we recommend the best individualized treatment for a patient. We are proud to provide our patients with ethical and unbiased medical opinions in a compassionate environment.