Detecting prostate cancer

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This week on Healthwatch we've been discussing prostate disease and prostate cancer. There's been exciting research to find drugs to prevent and treat these conditions. But you can't benefit from these medical breakthroughs if you aren't diagnosed.

Urologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas recommend annual screenings for men beginning at age 40. These screenings should include a manual exam and a blood test for prostate-specific antigen, or PSA. The PSA test can detect cancer in its earliest stages, when it is usually highly treatable. An annual screening is especially important for men who have a family history of the disease, since it tends to run in families.

Men should also see the doctor if they notice problems with urination. That can be a symptom of enlarged prostate or of prostate cancer. There are treatments for enlarged prostate that can help prevent or delay cancer. Don't rely on herbal remedies for this problem. See your doctor.


Nov. 2004

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