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Men should be aware of their family history and risk of prostate cancer and consider screening for the disease as appropriate. The American Cancer Society's general guidelines say a screening should be discussed or considered at age 50 for men at average risk; and at age 40 or 45 for men at higher risk. In fact, 1 in 9 men are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in their lifetime.
Men at higher risk include African Americans and men who have a father, brother or son who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer younger than age 65, and men with more than one "first-degree" relative (father, brother or son) who has had a diagnosis.
Be sure to have your well visit each year and talk to your doctor about prostate cancer screenings, which include a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and-or a digital rectal exam (DRE).