Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood on August 30, 2012


Sheldon Marks, MD. Urologist; Male Infertility Specialist, Prostate Cancer Specialist, Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversal Specialist, Tucson, AZ.

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Sheldon Marks, MD: Men should go every year starting at about age 50, for a complete exam which should include a prostate exam, a urine check and a PSA blood test. If they're in a high-risk category, if they have a family history of prostate cancer, African-American, then those men should probably start at age 40 or 45 being seen on an annual basis.

Narrator: Why African-American?

Sheldon Marks, MD: We're not sure why African-American men have a higher rate of prostate cancer. The cancer they get tends to be more aggressive. It may be diet related, it may be genetic predisposition, it may be vitamin D related, because less sun getting through the skin because of the increased pigments, we're not really sure. But men who are at risk are African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer or even men who have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer in their mothers, grandmothers, sisters.

Narrator: So there's a connection between the mother's history of breast and ovarian cancer and their having prostate cancer?

Sheldon Marks, MD: Yes. It looks like these are all hormonally sensitive and hormonally driven cancers, and if a man's mother has ovarian or other hormonally sensitive cancers that he's probably at risk for prostate.