How often should men in their 70s be screened for prostate cancer?

Jesse N. Mills, MD
Doctors stop recommending routine prostate cancer screening in men once they reach the age of 70 to 75. Everyone is different. Some 75-year-old men are running marathons.  They may have a much higher life expectancy than an average man of the same age who may not be as physically active or who may have other risk factors for early death.

So in other words, if you have already had a heart attack, stroke, cancer or other health condition linked to early death, you and your doctor need to really decide whether you are the right candidate for prostate cancer screening. Prostate cancer tends to be a relatively slow-growing cancer. There is much greater chance that a man older than 70 will die with prostate cancer and not from it. 

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