We know having a prostate exam is probably not high on the list of things you want to do, but it's an important part of an annual checkup.
The American Cancer Society estimates 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the U.S. this year, with 29,480 expected deaths.
Experts say several factors increase a man's chance of developing prostate cancer:
- Increasing age
- Having a family history of prostate cancer
- Eating a diet high in red meat and high-fat dairy products
- Being inactive or overweight
- Being African American
At what age should I get screened?
- Non-African American men should get screened at 50 and older.
- African-American men and men who have a first-degree relative (father, brother, or son) diagnosed at an early age should get screened at 45.
- All men with more than one first-degree relative diagnosed at an early age should get screened at 40.