The most common cancer in men, prostate cancer is a major health issue. In Australia alone, prostate cancer effects one in every six men and, sadly, two to three percent of all men will die of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer can be cured if detected and treated while still confined to the prostate gland. The tests for prostate cancer are the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal examination (DRE). These tests do not give a conclusive diagnosis of cancer but can indicate its presence.
While prostate cancer is most common in men over the age of 50, younger men with a history of prostate cancer in their family are at risk. What is complicated with prostate cancer is that some cancers grow very slowly and are not life threatening, while others grow rapidly and are life threatening. A careful approach is needed to detect advanced cancer and avoid over treatment.
Screening is the process to find cancer at an early and potentially curable stage before symptoms have commenced. I urge you take an active role in your health. After all, it is your choice.