The most important decision a man may make about prostate care is whether or not to be tested for prostate cancer.

Testing, also known as screening, involves a blood test and a physical exam that together give your doctor an idea of your prostateThe prostate is a walnut-sized gland located between the bla... Full Definition health. These tests are not always definitive tests for cancerCancer is a group of diseases where cells grow abnormally an... Full Definition. In some cases, the tests suggest cancer is very likely. In others, further testing is necessary. It will be up to you to decide how much testing you want to pursue.

You’ll want to first weigh your risks to determine if you are someone who probably should be screened for prostate cancer. You’ll also want to consider other factors, such as your age, health, and lifestyle, and discuss these factors with your doctor before making a final decision.

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Learn about factors you should consider before getting screened for prostate cancer, plus the wide range of test options you may encounter along the way.