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Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Prostate Cancer

I'm Dr. David Vastola and it's been said that if you're a man and you live long enough you're going to have prostatic problems. That's true, specifically with cancer of the prostate. The prostate is only about the size of a tennis ball, but living long enough can lead to cancer. About 30-40% of these cancers are now under the age of 60, so it's also a concern for younger men. If that's your concern, and it should be, what should you do? Let me tell you.

You need to do three things. The first thing you need to do is let your doctor use his index finger and examine you transrectally. You should have that done once a year and, if it's in your family history, over the age of 40. The second thing is a PSA, which stands for Prostatic Specific Antigen, and it should be under 4. If it's under four, generally you don't have anything to worry about. The third thing is what's called a free-PSA. The higher the numbers, the better it is. The lower it is, the worse it is. Now if you use those three things: the digital rectal examination, the PSA and the free-PSA, it will give you a good profile of what should be done. If suspicious, a prostatic biopsy is in order.

The bottom line? When it comes to your prostate make sure you get all three things done. And I'm Dr. David Vastola and that's life.

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