Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men, but the good news is that it often grows slowly. This means that with early detection, treatment can be more effective. Screening for prostate cancer usually involves a blood test known
as a PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) test, sometimes along with a physical exam called a DRE (Digital Rectal Exam).
While Salem Health Cancer Center doesn't perform these screenings, we strongly recommend that men discuss their screening options with their primary care provider. Your doctor can help you understand your risk factors, like age, family history and lifestyle.
The guidelines for prostate cancer screening can vary. Generally, men over 50 are advised to start discussing screening options with their health care provider. But if you have higher risk factors, like a family history of prostate cancer, the conversation
may need to happen sooner. The key takeaway here is to be proactive. By asking the right questions and getting screened at the appropriate time, you give yourself the best chance for successful treatment should cancer be found.