The guidelines for prostate cancer screening have been updated and the program Stand Up To Cancer has recruited seven-time grand slam tennis champion John McEnroe to be the public face. The 50-year-old tennis legend has a personal connection to prostate cancer; three years ago, his father was diagnosed with the disease, which is the second-leading cause of cancer among men in the U.S.
Before, it was recommended that men without any particular risk to only begin screening at age 50. This has been lowered to have 40. At this point, not only is the digital rectal exam important, but men should ask their doctor about the importance of the prostate-specific angtigen test (PSA), which can help monitor for prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is sensitive topic for many men, but it shouldn’t be. The prostate is just a part of the human body that happens to be part and parcel of the “below the waist” way of thinking and the perceived effects on male sexuality.