The risk of prostate cancer for men varies. African-Americans and men with a family history of prostate cancer are at higher risk. It is also believed that men who eat a high fat diet and men who smoke have a higher risk of prostate cancer.
Typically, men should begin having annual prostate exams at age 50. However, most doctors recommend that men who are African-American or who have a family history of prostate cancer should be screened beginning at age 40. The two most common screening methods are a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a PSA blood test. Both these tests are painless and easy to perform with minimal pain or discomfort to the patient. Remember, discovering prostate cancer early can make all the difference – so be sure to get a yearly screening.