Prostate Cancer Screening
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Sheldon Marks, MDMen 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.
Sheldon Marks, MDWe'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.
NarratorSo there's a connection between the mother's history of breast and ovarian cancer and their having prostate cancer?
Sheldon Marks, MDYes. 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.