Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men. Roughly 240,890 new cases will be diagnosed this year, according to the American Cancer Society. About two out of three prostate cancers are found in men older over 65.
Getting screened: The American Cancer Society recommends guys talk to their doctors about screening tests if they’re 50 or older. African-American men should talk with their doctors at 45 because they have a higher rate of prostate cancer. Men with a family history of the disease should start the discussion at age 40. But there’s no one-size-fits-all recommendation when it comes to screening for prostate cancer with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test or digital rectal exam (DRE). “The decision to screen with PSA and a DRE should be made between a man and his doctor, depending on his age, family history and personal concerns,” says Stuart Holden, M.D., medical director of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.