Dr. Jonathan Tward discusses when you should start getting screened and what it could mean for your health.">

Nov 20, 2017 — About one in ten men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lifetime. On today’s Health Minute, Dr. Jonathan Tward discusses when you should start getting screened and what it could mean for your health.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Regular screenings are key for identifying and treating prostate cancer. Dr. Jonathan Tward, how effective are the screenings, and when should men start getting them?

Dr. Tward: We think that we are usually picking up the diagnosis 10 to 15 years in advance of when someone might feel a problem. Guidelines are kind of evolving right now in terms of what age people should really start concerning themselves with thinking more about it. As a general principle, we think that around age 50 men should start bringing it to the forefront of their thinking. And so digital rectal examinations are one common way to screen for this cancer. I argue that the reason we should try to screen it and treat it and cure it is to try to prevent men from living a lifetime of side effects from the cancer or from the treatment.

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