In many cases, prostate cancer doesn’t cause any symptoms until the disease process is in its later stages. For that reason, annual screening exams are a critical part to diagnosing prostate cancer early. Early diagnosis allows a wider variety of treatment options, as well as a chance to stop the prostate cancer from spreading elsewhere in the body.

The American Cancer Society and the American Urological Association encourage every man to talk to his doctor about the risks and benefits of prostate screening. Men should also talk about the factors that increase risks for prostate cancer such as age, family history and race.

Causes and Risk Factors
Age, race, family history and diet can all influence a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. Specifically, risk for developing prostate cancer increases with age, going up significantly after age 50, and African-American men have a higher risk of developing the disease than men of other races.

IF YOU NEED HELP: If you are uninsured, unable to qualify for Medicaid or Medicare, and unable to afford your annual prostate screening, please contact Riverside’s Cancer Outreach Office for assistance. Free prostate screenings are offered every fall at various locations throughout the health system by appointments made through the Cancer Outreach Office. For more information on these annual screenings please call 1-800-520-7006.