Aside from skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, and an estimated 191,930 new cases and 33,330 deaths from prostate cancer were reported in 2020, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). The ACS also estimates that 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and 1 in 41 will die from prostate cancer.

The morbidity associated with prostate cancer should lead more men to explore whether they are at risk for it, but many men are reluctant to address the situation with their doctor. Some men have concerns about how tests are performed, and that creates some unease and difficulty addressing the topic.

Prostate risks

Let’s get something straight from the start: It’s important to get tested regularly for prostate cancer. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has said that about one death from prostate cancer could be avoided for every 1,000 men ages 55 to 69 years if they would have regular screenings.

Prostate cancer is not automatically fatal. In fact, statistics from