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Screenings for Men

Premier Health offers a wide variety of cancer screening procedures. Below are recommended screenings for men.

Prostate Cancer Screenings

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends men make an informed decision with their doctor about being tested for prostate cancer. Research has not yet proven the potential benefits of testing outweigh the harms of testing and treatment. The ACS believes men should not be tested without considering the possible risks and benefits of testing and treatment. 

Starting at age 50, men should talk to a doctor about the pros and cons of testing so they can decide if testing is the right choice. If you are African American, or have a father or brother who had prostate cancer before age 65, you should talk with your doctor starting at age 45. If you decide to be tested, you should have the PSA blood test with or without a rectal exam. How often you are tested depends on your PSA level.

Screening for Breast Cancer in Men

Breast cancer is not limited to women. While breast cancer is about 100 times less common among men than among women, there is still a lifetime risk of one in 1,000 of getting breast cancer. The number of breast cancer cases in men relative to the population has been fairly stable over the last 30 years.

Possible signs of male breast cancer include:

  • A lump or swelling, which is usually (but not always) painless
  • Skin dimpling or puckering
  • Nipple retraction (turning inward)
  • Redness or scaling of the nipple or breast skin
  • Discharge from the nipple

Breast cancer may spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collarbone causing a lump or swelling before the original tumor in the breast tissue is large enough to be felt.

These changes aren't always caused by cancer. For example, most breast lumps in men are caused by gynecomastia (a harmless enlargement of breast tissue). Still, if you notice any breast changes, you should see your health care professional as soon as possible.

Talk to your doctor for more information about breast cancer screenings in men and to schedule a screening if you have a concern.

Content Updated: May 11, 2016

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Cancer Care at Atrium Medical Center
501 Atrium Dr. Middletown, OH  45005
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200 Medical Center Dr. Fourth Floor Middletown, OH  45005
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