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TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER (September19,
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer diagnosed among American men. And although one in six American men will get prostate cancer in the course of his lifetime, if it's caught early, nearly 100 percent survive. Just over 1.8 million men in the United States are prostate cancer survivors.Screening may detect prostate cancer even before symptoms appear. Men age 50 and older should consider annual screening with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and digital rectal exam (DRE). African-Americans and others with a family history (father, brother, son) of prostate cancer should have both tests beginning at age 45. Men may also have a baseline screening as early as age 40.The PSA is a blood test that measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen released by the prostate gland into the blood. Normal PSA levels vary by age, so be sure to discuss results with your physician. During the DRE, the physician inserts a lubricated, gloved finger into the rectum and uses the other hand to press on the lower abdomen or pelvis area to check for abnormalities.You should talk to your doctor about prostate screening and when you should begin testing. Click here for a physician referral.You are invited to attend any of our free prostate screenings. Registration is required. Appointments fill up fast, so call 713.222.CARE today.