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Monday, May 20, 2013
Precautions With Heavy Family History of Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is quite prominent in my family and I would like to know the possibility of chances that I may in fact end up stricken. As far as I know, my great-grandfather, grandfather, and father have had it as well as my grandfather on my mothers side. What precautions should I observe in order to remain healthy?
With a family history as you describe it is recommended that screening for prostate cancer should begin at age 40 and consist of a digital rectal examination of the prostate and a PSA (blood test). This should be done yearly. I hope this information is helpful to you.
Martin I Resnick, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University