April 27, 2012
By Ashley Hall
MEDFORD, Ore. — Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men do not die from it. In fact, more than 2 and a half million men in the United States who have had prostate cancer at some point are still alive today; but, that requires early detection and screenings, something that many men avoid.
Whether it’s the belief that nothings wrong, or fear, men have a tendency to avoid getting tested for prostate cancer. Two of the leading urologists at Rogue Valley Urology, located at Providence Medford Medical Center, say it’s a good idea for most men to get tested. They say, more importantly, that getting the blood test, is simply visiting a doctor.
The urologist urge men in their late 40’s and early 50’s to get a PSA test, if for no other reason than to have a baseline level. That way, at the age of 60 or 70, you have a comparison and can see how much the PSA levels have increased. Then, you’ll know how concerned to be if things are abnormal.