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Partners play role in prostate screening

December 26, 2008 8:29:08 AM PST
Men at higher-than-average risk of prostate cancer are more likely to seek regular screening if they are married or live with a significant other. Researchers found that among more than 2,400 men ages 40-to-79, those with a family history of prostate cancer were more likely to be regularly screened for the disease over a decade.

However, a closer look at the data showed that this was only true of men who lived with a wife or partner. In fact, high-risk men who lived alone were less likely to get screened than those with no family history of prostate cancer.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men with a family history of prostate cancer get screened for the disease starting at age 45.

These latest findings are published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.


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