Prostate Cancer Screening: Questions for the doctor

Prostate cancer more common in older men than younger men. After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United States.

Even though prostate cancer is common, the risks of getting screened (tested) for prostate cancer can outweigh the benefits.

If you are age 55 to 69:

If you are age 70 or older:

Many men have questions about prostate cancer screening. The information below can help you start a conversation with your doctor or nurse about the risks and benefits of screening.

What is the prostate?

The prostate is the gland that makes part of semen (the fluid that carries sperm). It’s located below the bladder and in front of the rectum.

Who is at risk for prostate cancer?

Any man can get prostate cancer. But the risk is higher for men who:

Why isn’t prostate screening recommended for all men?

All screening tests have both risks and benefits. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to get screened:

What do I ask the doctor?

Here are some questions you may want to ask:

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