During the last few years prostate cancer has become the most common cause of death in America. It is no longer something that is looked over when someone says they have to have their prostate checked. As health care providers are becoming more aware of the importance of this disease, more people are getting themselves screened for this disease on a regular basis. With all the different kinds of tests that can be done, getting my prostate checked is one that I look forward to each and every time.
When I first get scheduled for prostate cancer screening, it is very important for me to go into the appointment prepared. It is very important for me to know what to expect because it will allow me to relax during the test. If I know what to expect it will also make it much easier for the health care provider to give me the results that I need.
One of the most common ways for prostate cancer screening to be done is through a prostate specific antigen test known as PSA. This test measures the PSA enzyme in your blood. The higher the PSA levels in your blood the greater your chances of having prostate cancer. In order to find out if you have been diagnosed with this disease, your health care provider will take a sample of your blood and do a test called a transvaginal ultrasound to find the PSA levels.
Another common way prostate cancer screening is done is through a digital rectal examination. This exam is performed by placing a digital rectal probe right on your anus so that a digital light is shine on your prostate gland. Your health care provider will then read the PSA levels in your blood and determine if you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. You may feel some pressure while having this procedure done, but most patients report that it is not very uncomfortable.
In addition to getting my prostate checked when I was younger, I also took the American Cancer Society’s online prostate cancer screening test at my doctor’s office. I completed the test online and the only things I needed to bring were a few bucks and an internet access. I chose to do the test because the questions on the site were easy and there were no expensive materials to purchase. After completing the first round of questions, I had a pretty good idea of whether or not I had been screened for prostate cancer. I did, in fact, learn that my health status put me at high risk for the disease.
If you feel that you may be at risk for prostate cancer or any other cancer, I encourage you to talk to your health care provider about getting it all checked out. You can learn about prostate cancer screening at my website. If you feel comfortable enough to discuss your concerns with a man who has personally experienced the process, it may be the best thing for you to do. However, if you don’t have anyone you can speak to and are afraid that talking to someone you trust will lead to mistrust, I recommend that you continue to maintain a good rapport with your health care provider. While prostate cancer is no laughing matter, maintaining a healthy level of trust with your health care provider goes a long way to helping you through treatment and recovery.