Men’s Health Care

Men Over the Age of 40

If you have the following symptoms, you may have BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia).
BPH is an age-associated enlargement of the prostate gland which can cause difficulties with urination.

  • Incomplete emptying

  • Increased frequency of urination

  • Urge to urinate

  • Weak urinary stream

  • Straining to urinate

  • Urinating at night

Can Prostate Cancer Be Detected Early?

YES! The key to saving lives is early detection. A digital rectal examination is the first procedure utilized in detecting prostate cancer. Every man over 40 should have a rectal examination as part of his regular annual physical checkup.

If a nodule is detected, or if high suspicion remains, then a prostatic ultrasound should be performed. This test may reveal cancers too small to be detected by physical examination.

During the prostatic ultrasound, a needle biopsy is performed to determine if cancer is present. A new blood test called a PSA (Prostatic Specific Antigen) may detect cancer that is forming in a male with a nonpalpable nodule.

The American Cancer Society

Recommends that all males have PSA levels checked annually, beginning at the age of 50.