Studies show that men are less likely than women to schedule preventive care services. According to an AARP survey, one fifth of men admitted they were not honest with their doctors about their health. These issues can include prostate gland problems and mental illnesses.
Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American men, affecting one out of every six. Though most prostate cancers grow slowly, some can grow quickly, which is why routine screening is important.
Men with a family history of prostate cancer should begin regular screening at age 40. Those with an average risk should begin at age 50. Healthy men can undergo screening tests such as a digital rectal examination or a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. Men with high PSA levels may be eligible for a 3T MRI prostate scan.
If you have an elevated PSA, talk to your doctor about whether a 3T MRI scan might be right for you. Advanced Medical Imaging offers this advanced test and is taking appointments today.