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Prostate Health - A simple PSA test is a great way to screen for prostate problems

"When it comes to going to the doctor, the majority of patients are women and children. Certainly men go to the doctor, but it's usually after a major problem has occurred or a symptom that has been going on for a long time.

Case in point...1 in 3 men over the age 60 will develop prostate cancer.

Most men with prostate cancer will out live the effects of the cancer, but some forms of prostate cancer are very invasive and should not go unchecked.

A Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test is one way to screen for prostate problems. While a man's PSA levels alone is not enough information to distinguish between benign prostate conditions and cancer, it is an excellent (and simple) test which provides indicators whether further evaluations are necessary.

This is a good incentive to have your husband, boyfriend, dad, brother, uncle or grandfather go in and have some blood work to check their PSA.  The blood work should also check their Vitamin D levels since Vitamin D helps to protect against prostate cancer.

Ideally a digital exam would be good too if he is over 50 or having any urinary symptoms such as getting up at night frequently to go and/or difficulty getting the stream started.

We love our men and want them around a long time so encourage them to go get checked!!" 

 
 

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