For some of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in men, symptoms may not present themselves until later stages. Fortunately, screening exams exist for several of these cancers to detect cancer at early stages, when treatment is most effective. Known as a silent killer because it often shows no symptoms, prostate cancer is among the country’s most commonly diagnosed and deadly cancers.
Men should consult with their physician to make an informed decision about screening, as prostate cancer has a high survival rate if detected early. “Prostate cancer screening will usually begin at age 50, but men who face higher risks (African American men and those with a family history of the disease) should discuss with their physicians their options for earlier screening,” said Billie Marek, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–McAllen.
“Men also need to consult their physicians regarding colorectal cancer screening, which usually begins at age 50.” In addition, men should check for changes in moles, freckles, and other marks on the skin every month, reporting any changes to a physician.
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