Key Factors of Prostate Cancer Incidence in Young Men

Key Factors of Prostate Cancer Incidence in Young Men
shutterstock_158643686In a recent opinion article published in Live Science, Dr. Troy Sukkarieh, a board-certified urologic surgeon specialized in robotic and advanced laparoscopic surgery, disserted on the incidence of prostate cancer in young men. Over the last 20 years, the number of young men diagnosed with prostate cancer has increased by almost six fold. This is especially concerning, since this type of cancer in younger men is usually more aggressive. Normally, older men in their 70’s or 80’s are the most affected population by prostate cancer, and as a consequence, younger men do not routinely undergo prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and rectal exams until the recommended age of 50 years old. Because prostate cancer does not usually manifest any physical symptoms in its early stages, if younger men are diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer, it means it has already progressed to later-stages, becoming more difficult to treat and, consequently, more life threatening. Another factor that can influence the necessity for regular screening on younger men is their family history of prostate cancer, since genet
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