Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer among men today, with more than 2 million men in the United States counting themselves as survivors. Samir Shirodkar, M.D., a urologist affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, offers insights that every man (and woman) should know about prostate cancer.
Your family history matters.
Family history is one of the most important things to understand and communicate with your physician when it comes to prostate cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, the risk of developing prostate cancer more than doubles if a father or brother has a history of prostate cancer.
The longer you live, the higher your risk.
The chance of developing prostate cancer rapidly increases after the age of 65. Dr. Shirodkar recommends patients begin having prostate screenings between 50-55 years of age, unless they have a family history of prostate cancer. It is recommended that men with a family history of prostate cancer begin screenings in their 40s.
Different races have higher occurrences of prostate cancer.
African American men are nearly 2.4 times more likely to die from prostate cancer than men from other ethnicities. Among the 10 leading causes of cancer death in African American men, prostate cancer is second only behind lung cancer and is the fourth leading cause of death among African American men over age 45.