Fact #5: Family history increases risk.
If your father, your brother, or another close relative has had prostate cancer, be sure to tell your doctor. They may want you to be screened earlier since a family history increases the potential risk of prostate cancer. The bottom line: If you are in a high-risk group, speak to your doctor about the risks and benefits of yearly rectal exams and PSA tests.
Fact #6: You may be asymptomatic and still have prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer can be silent, often with no discernible symptoms until the cancer has spread outside the prostate. “Early, treatable stages of prostate cancer are almost always asymptomatic,” says Dr. Graham. This is why preventive screenings are so important.
Fact #7: As you get older, your risk of prostate cancer increases.
After you turn 65 years old, your risk of prostate cancer increases exponentially. About six in ten men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer are over 65.
Fact #8: Overall physical health and lifestyle play a role.
According to Dr. Winkler, healthy lifestyle changes can make a difference in reducing the risk for prostate cancer. His recommendations:
● Maintain a healthy weight.
● Eat less red meat and more green, leafy vegetables.
● Exercise regularly.
● Don’t smoke.
● Manage stress.
“Following healthy dietary guidelines, making simple lifestyle changes, and getting recommended screenings can all reduce the risk of prostate cancer, but men in high-risk groups should be under a physician’s care,” says Dr. Winkler.