¡Goodbye to prejudices! Go for an annual prostate exam ¡Goodbye to prejudices! Go for an annual prostate exam

The early detection of prostate cancer saves lives. The best way to do it is through a simple analysis. Learn about at what age you should schedule it.

Between 60% and 70% of the cases of prostate cancer don’t present pain or specific symptoms, a reason why it is necessary to obtain a timely diagnosis before the disease extends to other organs, pointed out Dr. Alejandro Alias Melgar, Surgery Coordinator at the National Medical Center (NMC) in Mexico City to EFE.

For identifying with high certainty, the probability (75%) of suffering from this disease, three tests are used: blood prostatic antigen, rectal tact and ultrasound. On such basis, the diagnosis can be confirmed through a biopsy.

One of the most extended believes is thinking that who benefit the most with these analyses are men older than 65 years of age. As Urologist Eric Klein from the Cleveland Clinic explains, differently from this perception, as earlier its detection is, higher is the possibility of treating this disease and obtaining successful results. If you are older than 45 years of age with a background of direct relatives who had suffered from prostate cancer, it is important for you to go for a periodical examination. For the rest of men, annual examinations are recommended starting at the age of 50.

Fears and myths also exist regarding  rectal tact, an examination made by an urologist that lasts some minutes, and although it can produce some discomfort, doesn’t damage the prostate or alters sexual behaviors.

Related: Early detection as an ally of prostate cancer.