Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed, non-skin cancer in South Carolina. New cases of prostate cancer among African American men in our state are some of the highest in the world – and they are 2 ½ times more likely to die from the disease than Caucasian men.
Digital rectal exams and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests are both widely used options for screening for prostate cancer. While there is no screening test for prostate cancer that has been proven to reduce death rates, the results can still be useful and men should discuss the options with their physician starting at age 50. African American men and all men with a family history of the disease should start the conversation at age 45. The discussion should also include how aggressively the cancer will be treated if something were to be found.
Learn more about prostate cancer and the comprehensive treatment program at MUSC.