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The importance of screenings for prostate cancer

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Dr. Lee Jackson, a urologist at CHI Memorial, says he is seeing a dramatic increase in the number of cases of metastatic prostate cancer.

Dr. Lee Jackson says, "We're finding the disease later in its course where we have fewer options to manage it than we had in the recent past."

"That's why screenings are so important. Early prostate cancer is silent, it doesn't have any symptoms," Dr. Jackson adds.

That's why from age 40 Keith Hall, who had a family history, never missed getting his PSA screening for prostate cancer.

Keith says, "From 46-51, it had tripled; it had gone from 0.8 to roughly 2.4."

But Keith says his primary care physician says it was fine because he was within the normal range of 0-4.

So, he didn't worry and actually missed the next couple of years to get tested. When he went back to the doctor, the news was alarming.

Keith says, "My PSA was outside the 0-4 range. It had a big spike in the PSA, so that finally threw red flag that I needed to see a specialist."

That specialist was Dr. Jackson who strongly opposes the recommendations from the American Urological Association. The Panel does not recommend routine screening in men between the ages of 40 to 54 at average risk.

Hall says, "It is so important, it can save lives."

Keith says he now makes sure to share his story with other men and encourage them to have a PSA screening, as his priorities have certainly changed.

Hall says, "You think of that, they want daddy to be around for a long time and daddy wants to be around for a long time."

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