Like his favorite car, a guy's body needs regular checkups one that includes
a screening for prostate
cancer, otherwise known as a PSA
test. The risk of prostate cancer goes up every year after
age 50, that's why men need to take steps in preventing it, or making sure it's
The prostate-specific antigen (PSA)
test is the best way to detect prostate cancer in its early stages. It's
typically done along with a rectal exam, because most malignant prostate tumors
start nearest the rectum. With these two exams, prostate cancer can be detected
when it's most treatable.
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Though all men should get a PSA
test after the age of 50, some may need one sooner, if they have certain
prostate cancer risk factors, which include:
Family history: Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than
doubles your risk, according to the American Cancer Society. Men who have
multiple family members affected have even higher risk so screening should
start at age 40.
Ethnicity: African-American men have 60% higher rate of prostate cancer,
compared to white American men so they should also begin screening at age
A high-fat diet seems to contribute to prostate cancer. Switching to a diet
high in the antioxidant lycopene may lower your risk so get plenty of tomatoes,
pink grapefruit, and watermelon, which contain high levels of lycopene.
Sedentary lifestyle: Getting regular exercise
and keeping weight under control seems to reduce risk for prostate
cancer, and especially for aggressive cancer. One survey of nearly 70,000
American men found that those who lost at least 11 pounds over a 10-year period
were about 40% less likely to develop aggressive prostate cancers, compared to
guys who had little weight change.
Age: This is the biggest factor. After age 50, prostate cancer risk rises
significantly. About two-thirds of all prostate cancers occur in men age 65 and