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Do Men Need PSA Test?

Do Men Need PSA Test?
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By    |   Friday, 04 September 2015 01:09 PM

A Florida doctor is proposing a new annual tradition tied to the start of the NFL football season: Visit your doctor before the first kickoff and ask if you should have a PSA test for prostate cancer.

Jamin Brahmbhatt, M.D. — co-director of the PUR Clinic — Personalized Urology & Robotics — at South Lake Hospital, in affiliation with Orlando Health in Clermont, Fla— tells LiveScience many men don’t take prostate health seriously.

“So here's an idea: Let's use the beginning of football season to kick off a new annual routine,” he says. “Before filling out our first fantasy football lineups, before settling into our recliners or firing up the grill at our first tailgate party, let's make an appointment with the doctor.”

He explains that a recent survey found nearly 75 percent of men watch professional football at least once a week, but only about half could remember their last trip to the doctor.

“Let's use something we really get excited about — the start of football season — to remind us of something we should all care more about — our health,” he says.

Dr. Brahmbhatt details health statistics men should know as well as the sports stats of their favorite teams:

• 1: Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.
• 2: Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men.
• 605: The average number of men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer every day.
• 530: The average number of men who die from prostate cancer every week.
• 100: The percentage survival rate when prostate cancer is caught, and treated, in its earliest stages.

Health experts recommend that men talk to their doctors by age 50 about getting a PSA test, should and those at a higher risk (including African American men and men with a family history) have this discussion by age 40.

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