Understand Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer affects one in seven American men, making it the most common cancer in the country behind skin cancer. Most of the risk factors are ones that men have little control:

Age – More than 65 percent of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over age 65.

Family history – “If you have one or more family members who had a prostate cancer diagnosis, that could put you at risk too,” says Mitchell L. Ogles, MD, urologist who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System. “You are especially at risk if those family members were diagnosed before age 55.”

Race – African-American men are more than twice as likely as Caucasian men to die from prostate cancer.

If you are a man who is 50 or older, ask your doctor about obtaining a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening test. For more information, talk to your primary care physician.