Brian May, guitarist of 80s rock group Queen, received the news this week that his biopsy came back clear. He has no cancerous cells in his prostate
after doctors performed a prostate cancer
screening test last year.
Have you decided to have the test done?
But if you do have a form of aggressive prostate cancer
, wouldn’t you rather know early so they can treat it?
The decision to have a prostate screening test done lies on you as an individual
It’s ultimately your decision to have the screen test done. The best advice is to speak to your doctor about your concerns.
· Your age: The risk in men increases rapidly after the age of 50
· You family history: Cancers are genetic
· Weight: Obesity
is linked to a high risk of prostate cancer
· Vasectomy: Men younger than 35 who’ve had a vasectomy show increased risk of getting this form of cancer.
Prostate screening test detects early signs of cancer
So while you have to decide whether you’re going to have the prostate screening test done, you also need to think about what the results will mean to you.
If you’re in the class of high risk for the cancer, it’s a fairly simple test you have to have done. Rather determine early and get treatment than find out when the cancer is in its late stages.