Screening Guidelines for Prostate Cancer

October 15, 2014

Approximately 15% of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer over the course of their lives. It’s vital that all men be aware of the risks and be vigilant about screening.

What are the recommended prostate cancer screenings?

Prostate cancer screening includes the prostate exam and PSA blood test.

Screening begins at age 55, and is continued every 1-2 years as long as it remains normal.

For patients with risk factors such as family history or African-American ethnicity, screening should begin at age 40.

Recommendations for prostate cancer screening are based on the age that prostate cancer afflicts most patients. Since men with family history or African American ethnicity are at higher risk, their screening is completed earlier.