Talking about cancer is difficult, and it’s more difficult when the cancer has attacked a part of the body that isn’t usually spoken about in polite company. But minding your manners and not mentioning the word prostate may cause delay in detection and treatment for yourself or someone you know.

Waiting in silence could cause needless harm, since the cancer could spread to surrounding tissue and bones. If you sense something is different, it’s important to contact your clinic. Many men wonder if they should have the blood test for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) that can detect cancer. While screening can help find prostate cancer early, there is much discussion about the potential of a false positive, which means the test results show cancer, but there really isn’t any cancer.

Before you get screened for prostate cancer, talk to your doctor about the possible benefits and harms of screening, diagnosis, and treatment, and your personal risk. This advice is a good rule of thumb for any medical issue, and underlines the importance of having a primary clinic that you go to on a regular basis.

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