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How Do I Know if I Have Prostate Cancer?

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Prostate cancer is common among men in the U.S., especially if you are over age 50. According to the National Institute of Aging (NIA), you are at a higher risk if your father or brother had it too. It occurs most frequently in African-American men, followed by Hispanic and Native-American males. Asian-American men have the lowest rate of prostate cancer. Men who consume high fat diets appear to be at higher risk than those who do not.

Symptoms of prostate cancer

This type of cancer tends to grow slowly over many years and you probably won’t notice any changes or symptoms in the early stages. Your doctor might decide to screen you for prostate cancer starting at age 45 with either a Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) or a PSA test

If you are having these symptoms, see your doctor right away:

Difficulty urinating

Blood in your urine

Trouble getting an erection

Pain in your back, hips, ribs or other bones



Memoral Sloan Kettering Cancer Screening Guide
American Cancer Society
Prostate Cancer Foundation does not provide medical advice and the information contained in this post is not intended to provide basic guidelines only. Please discuss your symptoms with your doctor.


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