Rectal exams and PSA level tests can be key in catching prostate cancer before it becomes a killer.
But, men sometimes wait to get checked until urinary problems pop up.
Now, a world-renowned prostate expert says that's a big mistake, and guys need to be pro-active to protect their prostates.
Elliot Weser walks around this track whenever he can.
Elliot Weser does his best, "I certainly try to stay fit, through walking and being physically active."
But recently, something slowed him down. An enlarged prostate caused constant urination problems. He went to the doctor for help, and admits, cancer crossed his mind.
Elliot Weser says, "Of course you wanna be sure there's no reason to fear that you have a cancer of the prostate."
Doctor Ian Thompson, says confusing symptoms of an enlarged prostate with signs of prostate cancer, is a mistake a lot of men make.
Dr. Ian Thompson cancer director CTRC University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio says, "Now we know, that they're generally unrelated."
That's right! Doctor Thompson conducted a historic decade long study of almost 19,000 men, and found no correlation between symptoms of an enlarged prostate and prostate cancer. Thompson tells us the findings go against several national cancer groups who urge men with urination troubles to get checked for prostate cancer. Now here's what the doctor says guys really need to know!
Dr. Ian Thompson, "Don't wait for urinary symptoms."
Thompson urges most men to talk with their doctor about prostate cancer around age 50. If it's in your family or you're African American, that conversation should start ten years earlier. Bottom line, be proactive about your prostate, before it's too late.
"The vast majority of prostate cancers have no symptoms until they spread, until the cancer has spread."
Thompson says another study on the effects of certain vitamins and minerals on prostate cancer came back with some interesting results.
Vitamin-e slightly increased a man's risk for prostate cancer, and selenium increased the risk for diabetes.
Vitamin e and selenium can be found in men's supplements.