The American Cancer Society recommends that men make an informed decision with a health care provider about whether to be tested for prostate cancer. Research has not yet proven that the potential benefits of testing outweigh the harms of testing and treatment. We believe that men should not be tested without first learning about what we know and don’t know about the risks and possible benefits of testing and treatment.
Starting at age 50, men should talk to a health care provider about the pros and cons of testing so they can decide if testing is the right choice for them.
If your father or brother who had prostate cancer before age 65, you should have this talk with a health care provider starting at age 45.
If you decide to be tested, you should get a PSA blood test with a rectal exam. How often you’re tested will depend on your PSA level.
PLEASE NOTE: ( As An Added Precaution )
ALTHOUGH A PSA BLOOD TEST WILL PROVIDE A BASELINE, MANY FACTORS CAN EFFECT THE TEST RESULTS SUCH AS MEDICATIONS BEING TAKEN AT THAT TIME. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOUR MEDICATIONS ARE DISCUSSED PRIOR TO TESTING. DO NOT RELY TOTALLY ON A PSA TEST. A RECTAL EXAM WILL IN MOST CASES CONFIRM IF FURTHER TESTS SHOULD BE REQUIRED. SEVERAL EARLY STAGE I AND II CANCER CASES HAVE BEEN REPORTED WITH MEN HAVING LOW PSA TEST RESULTS.
THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTED CASES WHERE MEN AND WOMEN HAVING ROUTINE COLONOSCOPY EXAMS ARE ASKED TO FOLLOW UP WITH AN UROLOGIST FOR FURTHER TESTING. WE WILL DISCUSS COLONOSCOPIES IN OUR NEXT ISSUE.
When it comes to discussing one's health, men in most cases will be the first to avoid the conversation by changing the subject or by removing themselves from the room. But, before you leave this page all together, I would ask you to take a moment to hear a brother out. It's important to know that you matter to your family, your friends and especially to your masonic brothers. Health issues are usually the one thing that we as men want to discuss least until it hits home and in most cases, unexpectedly. The topics which we will be posting may or may not affect you directly in your lifetime but in some cases will effect someone you dearly care about now and in the future. Although some subjects may not be of interest, they will most certainly serve as a thought starter and reminder that as men, we all will face health challenges sometime in the future. Respectfully
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