Prostate Exam Could Save Your Life

Some 74.4% of California men ages 50 to 59 have not received a prostate cancer screening (PSA) in the past two years, according to a new study from  That is the 14th highest percentage in the U.S.

HelpAdvisor analyzed survey data from CDC to determine the percentage of men in each state and metro areas, aged 50-59, who had not had a prostate exam within the last two years.

Nationally, 73.8% of men ages 50 to 59 have not received a PSA in the past two years.

This is troublesome as prostate cancer is the second-deadliest form of cancer among U.S. males, with almost 35,000 men succumbing to the disease every year.  The American Cancer Society recommends men who are at average risk for prostate cancer undergo a PSA test at least every two years beginning at age 50.

In Los Angeles, 78.4% of men 40 and older haven’t had a PSA within two years, which is the 6th highest out of 113 U.S. cities.

PSA tests are recommended for men 45 to 49 who are at high risk of prostate cancer and for men 40 to 44 who are at an even greater risk. Those considered to be at a heightened risk for prostate cancer include African-American males and those with a father or brother who were diagnosed with prostate cancer before the age of 65.

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