It’s very important for men to pay attention to prostate cancer screenings if they are at high risk due to background and/or family history. Men who are age 40 with a first-degree relative who had prostate cancer at an early age are at a higher risk. Men who are age 45 who have African American heritage or a family history of prostate cancer are at an increased risk for prostate cancer as well. And after age 50, all men are at an increased risk for developing prostate cancer.
When Should I Get My Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Screening?
If You’re 45 and Older: Request a PSA Test
Prostate cancer occurs when cancerous cells form in the tissue of the prostate. There is a simple blood test that your physician can order for you, to determine whether you should be referred to a prostate cancer specialist: the PSA blood test. PSA is a protein produced by normal—as well as cancerous—cells of the prostate gland.
The PSA test measures the level of PSA in a man’s blood. The blood level of PSA is often elevated in men with prostate cancer. Depending on your age, family history, and race, and if you have a PSA level ranging from 4 to 4.5 and up, you can be referred to a urologist for a follow-up.
If You’re 40 Years Old, Are of African Heritage, and/or Have a Family History: Request a PSA Screening.
Two groups of men are at higher risk for being diagnosed with prostate cancer and should be tested beginning at age 40: all men with a family history of prostate cancer and all Black men.
If you have questions about whether you have an increased cancer risk, your doctor can help you determine whether you should be screened early.
To learn more about prostate cancer screening and treatment, visit https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/acs-recommendations.html
Screenings and Appointments During COVID-19
At Forward Care Family Practice, we continue to provide the safest, high-quality care for patients. Waiting rooms and all patient care areas are regularly cleaned and disinfected and masks are required for all patients, visitors, and staff.
Additionally, there are telemedicine options available for patients who are more comfortable with a virtual appointment with their doctor.
To schedule an appointment with Forward Care Family Practice, please call 602-718-1962 today or visit our website at fwdcare.com. We look forward to meeting you!