Prostate Cancer Screening and Risk Reduction


Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. All men are at risk. About one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. On average, about 90 percent of men with prostate cancer will live more than five years after being diagnosed. 

Screening recommendations

Age 55 to 69: Discuss the benefits and harms of screening with your doctor. Your decision should include consideration of your values and preferences. Find a Providence doctor

Age 70 plus: A regular screening for prostate cancer is not necessary.

Risk factors

  • Age. Your risk of prostate cancer increases with age, especially after 50. 
  • Race. Prostate cancer occurs more frequently in African-American men than men of other races.
  • Family History. If you have a father, brother or son with prostate cancer, your risk for prostate cancer is 2 to 3 times higher than average.

Reduce your risk

There are things you can do that might lower your risk:

  • Talk to your doctor
  • Do not smoke
  • Eat fruit, vegetables and whole grains
  • Be physically active
  • Stay at a healthy weight