Mayo Clinic experts urge early, regular prostate cancer screening

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men, and a quarter-million men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with it this year.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and doctors are urging men to talk with their doctor about regular prostate cancer screening.

One expert at Mayo Clinic says screenings are simple processes you can book with your doctor. He says getting them started early can end up saving your life.

“The problem is when you’re not screened and then you find a very aggressive prostate cancer that is still localized or has already metastasized, in which case the chance of controlling the cancer, curing you and saving your life are much lower.,” said Dr. Carlos Vargas, a radiation oncologist with Mayo Clinic.

The most common age for men with prostate cancer is around 50, but screenings before that may be encouraged based on potential risk factors and family history.

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