Baptist Health Madisonville: Prostate Cancer Screening
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Prostate Cancer Screening in Madisonville, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript
Bradley Bilbro, DO, Family Medicine
It’s important for men to see a primary care physician just to make sure they are getting the routine screenings that they need. As we age, our bodies are more likely to encounter problems with wear and tear and different diseases. One very important aspect of men’s health is prostate health. Prostate cancer is extremely common in men in the United States, and oftentimes it’s asymptomatic, which means that we can only find it by doing recommended screenings.
Screening guidelines right now recommend that men between 55 and 69 are screened. If you have a family history with a father or brother who has had prostate cancer, you definitely need to consider screening. If you are African American, you are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and should consider screening.
To screen for prostate cancer, we do a blood test called a PSA, prostate specific antigen. It’s a simple blood test that looks for antigen produced by the prostate. If it is elevated, we will do further workup to further evaluate our need. The benefit of finding prostate cancer early is we try to find it while it is still small and localized, before it starts spreading and becoming more difficult to treat. This decreases overall mortality and gives a better outcome.
It’s very rewarding to help men with their health issues. I know that many men don’t like coming to providers. When I have male patients, and we’re doing things that need to be done, and we’re finding things early and treating their conditions, it’s just very rewarding knowing that you’ve done something that they would have likely not ever done otherwise.
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