How do I protect myself from prostate cancer, but avoid unneeded treatment?
If you have risk factors for prostate cancer, you should get screened early; but all men should get regular prostate check-ups. Watch urologist Harry Fisch, MD, explain how men can protect themselves from prostate cancer and avoid unneeded treatment.
If one of your family members died of prostate cancer-- that is, your brother or your father-- you must get checked early.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common men's cancers that exist. In fact, it's very similar to breast cancer.
And while we know about breast cancer because we see all the different groups advocating for awareness, we don't see too much of that for men.
So one of the things that's very important to know is, are you at risk of getting prostate cancer? Well, if one of your family members
died of prostate cancer-- that is, your brother or your father-- you must get checked early. Also, if you're an African-American male,
it turns out that prostate cancer in African-American males can be more serious and more of a consequence and lead to more aggressive forms
of prostate cancer. So there are certain risk factors for prostate cancer, and you have to be aware of that. But in general, you need to go see a doctor
and ask to make sure that they examine your prostate. A lot of doctors forget to do that. You cannot forget to get a rectal exam,
which is a simple five-second test to evaluate whether the prostate has any lumps or bumps that may be suspicious
for prostate cancer. Then the other thing is we do have a test called the PSA test, Prostate-Specific Antigen. That's
something that is controversial and we're not sure is the perfect sort of test for prostate cancer.
But talk to your doctor about getting that test. Certainly, if you are at high risk of getting prostate cancer, I do recommend the PSA test
early on. But please talk to your doctor about it, whether it's appropriate for you. [AUDIO LOGO]