15 Seconds Could Save Your Life
If you're a man over 50, it's important to make an annual prostate exam part of your routine. It takes just 15 seconds and could mean more choices if you are diagnosed with prostate cancer.
We know it may seem embarrassing or uncomfortable to talk about a prostate exam, especially if you've never had one. However, most men don't realize all it takes is a quick, painless, 15-second digital rectal exam and a blood test.
Who is most at risk?
- Men over the age of 65
- Men with an immediate-family history of the disease
- African American men
Why get tested
Even if you're not in one of those categories, studies suggest that all men over the age of 50 should get tested in order to create a baseline of results.
Watching PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels over time has led to a 75% decrease in men presenting with advanced prostate cancer. Over the past 20 years, PSA testing has led to a 40% reduction in the death rate from prostate cancer in America.
The first step toward understanding your risk is to see a urologist.
Call 841-7400 to schedule your prostate exam today.
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