New Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines May Spare Some From Testing

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Just in time for Father’s Day, Dr. Brantley Thrasher, a urologist at The University of Kansas Hospital, and president-elect of the American Urological Association, says new guidelines from the AUA may change the way many men and their doctors keep an eye out for prostate cancer. The new guidelines recommend against routine screening for men under 40, and for men under 55, only if they’re at high risk (family history, for example.) Prostate cancer is called a silent killer. It’s the second leading cause of cancer death in U.S. men and often has no symptoms until it has advanced or spread to other areas of the body. Yet when found early, prostate cancer is curable for up to 90 percent of patients. In the video, Dr. Thrasher talks about the warning signs, the risk factors and ways to reduce your chances of developing prostate cancer. Also in the video is an office visit with Dr. Jeffrey Holzbeirlein, a urologist, and registered dietician Sarah Camey.