The sooner the better
Only if prostate cancer is detected in time are there optimal chances of recovery. Early detection is therefore essential.
Generally applies to all cancers: The earlier the disease is detected, the better the chances of recovery. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to consult a doctor immediately in case of unclear symptoms. It makes even more sense to regularly and at an early stage take advantage of the available preventive medical check-ups! This applies to all men over the age of 45. If your family has prostate cancer, you should visit your urologist as early as the age of 40.
In Germany, this most common cancer of the male is diagnosed annually by about 58,000 men. In more than 90% of cases, early stages of the disease can be detected and cured with targeted preventive examinations. Unfortunately, only about 17% of men currently participate in the prevention scheme.
The combination of PSA-test, palpation test and a special ultrasound examination through the rectum provides the highest degree of safety for early detection. The examinations are painless and take only a few minutes. If this leads to the suspicion of cancer, tissue samples from the prostate provide a reliable diagnosis. The pathologist examines the tissue sample for the presence of tumor cells. The pathological findings, the PSA value and the examination findings of the physician form the basis for the necessity, type and extent of the possibly necessary treatment.
Find out more in the live interview "Prevention of prostate cancer" by Dr. Neubauer in the studio of WDR.
Once again, the earlier the detection, the better the chances of a cure, the easier and gentler the possible treatment!