For most forms of urological cancer the symptoms are not immediately obvious. If you are experiencing any urinary pain, discomfort, or change in frequency, you should see a doctor immediately.
If you are African-American or have a relative who’s had prostate cancer, you are at a higher risk and should consult with your doctor to determine screening frequency.
Fortunately, a prostate cancer screening test exists for men. When and how often you get a screening test depends on various risk factors. We encourage you to begin having discussions with your physician about the prostate cancer screening test when you reach 40 years of age.
During regular physical examinations, doctors often perform a digital rectal examination to feel for any abnormalities in the prostate gland that could be an indicator of cancer.
If you and your doctor believe further screening is warranted, you will be given a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, which tests the level of PSA in your blood. Having a high PSA level does not necessarily indicate you will develop prostate cancer. However, it may lead to further diagnostic tests or a more regular screening schedule.
Every September, John Muir Health offers free prostate cancer screening to men who qualify. Call (925) 947-3322 for details.