Getting checked

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by Guest Posts on Tue Nov 03, 2020 1:34 pm

Getting checked

My father in law has suffered from prostate cancer and knowing that this can be hereditary how often and when should my husband have PSA checks?

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Mr Benjamin Challacombe
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by Mr Benjamin Challacombe on Fri Nov 06, 2020 12:08 am

Re: Getting checked

If you have a family history of prostate cancer then you should consider a PSA test at 45years old. If you have Braca2 gene or multiple first degree relatives with the disease this could be done at age 40. If you are Afro-Caribbean then you also have a higher risk and should have a PSA at 45.
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by Dr Prasanna Sooriakumaran on Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:07 pm

Re: Getting checked

Dear Sarah

Prostate cancer affects 1 white British man in 8 during their lifetimes. This figure doubles to 1 in 4 for those with a father who's had it. If your husband is Black it doubles again to 1 in 2. Hence, your husband should get a PSA tested from the age of 45 (if White) or 40 (if Black).

How the PSA changes with time is also important so even if the PSA is "normal" he should be on regular testing. I have written in the medical literature about PSA screening so you can perhaps look up these articles if needed.

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