Dr. Jamie Messer, a urologist with UofL Physicians – Urology, talks about prostate cancer and testicular cancer screening recommendations.
Prostate Cancer Screening
All men age 55-69 should at least every other year get prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood work and a digital rectal exam to screen for prostate cancer.
For those with a strong family history – father or brother diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65 – should do the screening as early as age 45.
Most men don’t have symptoms. Men with symptoms may have difficulty with or more frequent urination, or need to get up during the night to urinate – which can also be the symptoms for a benign prostate enlargement.
It’s best to be screened by your family physician or a urologist.
Schedule an appointment with UofL Physicians – Urology by calling 502-588-4740 or filling out an online request an appointment form.
Testicular Cancer Screening
Testicular cancer is rare and considered a cancer of the young, usually affecting men age 15-35.
The most common symptom is a palpable lump on the testicle.
Dr. Messer recommends monthly self-exams. “If you feel something abnormal, get it checked out by a urologist. The earlier it’s found, the better the prognosis,” he said.