Nov 9, 2020

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.


updated: November 9, 2020
originally published: November 20, 2017

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