KYW Medical Report: Screening for prostate cancer

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, which highlights the importance of people of a certain age having a serious conversation with their physician about the disease.

Prostate cancer will attack about 250,000 men this year, and if statistics hold up, about 34,000 men will die of the condition. According to the United States Preventive Services Task Force, men between the ages of 55 and 69 should talk with their doctor about screening tests to detect the disease.

Some men are at greater risk than others, including African-American men, men with a family history of prostate cancer, and those who may have been exposed to pesticides.

One test, the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, is available and can detect prostate cancer early.

At the very least, talk with your physician about it.

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross.