It’s a common saying that what you don’t know can’t hurt you, but when it comes to health screening, it doesn’t make any sense; what you don’t know can hurt you, and routine screenings are the only best way to detect diseases before symptoms appear.
Despite knowing the importance of health check-ups, men are often stubborn about keeping up with regular health screenings. Men are 24 % less likely than women to visit a doctor for an annual checkup, even though their cancer mortality rates are higher compared to women.
As a matter of fact, no man looks forward to having a prostate exam as just the thought of it can make him concerned. However, a prostate checkup can be the difference between life and death.
As per the statistics, the greatest risk of malignancy throughout life originates from a walnut-sized gland, the prostate, that is located beneath the urinary bladder of men. Prostate cancer is a significant public health concern in the world, and an emerging malignancy in developing countries preceded only by lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, one in seven men is at risk of prostate cancer at some point in his life.
However, prostate cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, only if it is diagnosed early., making a regular prostate screening so imperative.
The survival rates for prostate cancer diagnosed and managed in its early stages are 80 %. Nevertheless, symptoms are often non-existent at the early stages, many men never find out that they have prostate cancer until it’s too late. That is why early detection becomes critical and regular screenings are pivotal.
When to start a prostate cancer screening?
Being 40 years old is a perfect time to start screening for those at higher risk (genetic predispositions or strong family history of prostate cancer at a young age).
Always remember that guidelines vary for men at average risk. Some specialists recommend an initial PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test and clinical examination at age 40, and others suggest to begin at the age of 50. It is highly recommended that all men should design a proactive prostate health plan based on their lifestyle and family history.
To achieve the best possible outcome, prostate cancer needs to be diagnosed at an early stage; while it is treatable. Remember, doctors cannot treat what they don’t know exists.
Prostate health checkup is nothing to be embarrassed about or uncomfortable, and nor should it be avoided. Millions of men are free from the risk of having prostate cancer today because they decided to have their prostate gland assessed at regular intervals. Hence, if you are concerned about your prostate health, visit your urologist and schedule a prostate health checkup at the earliest.
Always think ahead for your health!
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