Men: We men not always want to read the instructions or fix what we perceive is not broken, but when it comes to our health, now is the time to be proactive. When it comes to healthcare prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Men who are over 50 should have colorectal cancer screenings done at least once at age 50 and then again based on your doctor's advice. Part of a pre-cancer screening is a prostate exam that helps to rule out prostate cancer.
If you qualify for Medicare, then Medicare covers the cost of PSA or Prostate Specific Antigen screenings once per year. Medicare also covers digital rectal exams every 12 months. Seniors should take advantage of prescreening services that are covered by Medicare.
Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer in men and women. Prostate cancer is the highest diagnosis for cancer in men. It is the number two cause of death for men with cancer. Screening is important for early treatment and survival.
Colorectal cancer begins with the growth of abnormal polyp growth in your colon. Those polyps are precancerous, and screening can detect them and remove them before cancer begins to grow. Screenings also serve as an early warning system and enable better treatment before cancer become significant.
Precursors for prostate cancer include:
- Age: More common in men over the age of 50.
- Race: Is common in men, but more so in African American men.
- Heritable: Is common in men who have male relatives with a history of prostate problems, including cancer.
Colorectal Cancer and Risks
One of the reasons that Medicare pays for colorectal screenings every 12 months is because as we age the risk of contracting cancer rises. This is also the reason screenings should not be delayed. The fact being that it is easier to deal with cancer in a precancerous condition or even in the earliest stages of the disease.
Cancer prescreening saves lives, and they improve the chance of survival when they detect cancer early. Statistically speaking, 60% of cancer deaths from colorectal cancer could be saved if more men and women embraced the prevention and received prostate (men) and colorectal screenings (men and women.)
Medicare makes it easy to pay for screenings that help prevent or detect cancer before it becomes a serious medical condition. While even precancerous conditions are serious, the chances of beating cancer in the pre-stage condition are higher.