For most men in St. Petersburg, Florida, and throughout the country, participating in prostate cancer screening should begin at age 55, as research shows that this is when the risk of disease heightens. For other men, such as those with a father, brother or son diagnosed with prostate cancer, screening may be recommended before the age of 50.
Moffitt Cancer Center encourages men in the St. Petersburg, FL, area who are over the age of 55 to be proactive about their prostate health by taking part in regular prostate cancer screening. Regular screenings can help detect potentially cancerous growths in their earliest stages, when the tumors are more responsive to treatment.
Prostate cancer screening typically entails one or both of the following methods:
- A prostate-specific antigen test (PSA) – This form of screening detects high levels of PSA in the patient’s blood, which is often an indicator of prostate cancer. If a patient’s PSA test results come back abnormally high, a Moffitt physician may order additional tests to confirm a diagnosis of prostate cancer.
- A digital rectal exam (DRE) – During a DRE, a physician will physically examine the patient’s prostate, checking for any abnormal growths or lumps. In the event that an abnormality is found, a transrectal or transperitoneal biopsy may be ordered to examine the cells more thoroughly.
Moffitt Cancer Center is highly experienced in the detection and treatment of prostate cancer. Should a patient’s screening results show that cancer is present, he will have immediate access to our Urologic Oncology Program, where a multispecialty team of experts will collaborate to form an individualized treatment plan that will be most effective in treating his unique cancer and provide him with the best chance at a favorable outcome and an improved quality of life.
If you live in the St. Petersburg, FL, area and would like to speak to a member of our team about prostate cancer, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. Referrals are not required to visit Moffitt.