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Prostate Cancer Screening: Questions for the doctor

Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that is most common in older men. After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United States.

Even though prostate cancer is common, screening (testing) for it is not recommended for most men.

Many men have questions about prostate cancer. The information below can help you start a conversation with your doctor or nurse.

What is the prostate?

The prostate is a small gland in men. It makes a fluid that carries sperm. It’s located below the bladder and in front of the rectum.

Who is at risk for prostate cancer?

Any man can get prostate cancer. But the risk is higher for men who:

Why isn’t routine screening for prostate cancer recommended?

Routine screening for prostate cancer isn’t recommended because the potential risks outweigh the benefits for most men.

What do I ask the doctor?

Here are some questions you may want to ask: