Gentlemen, find yourself a nice comfy chair and try not to squirm. We’re gonna talk about your butthole.
Prostate cancer affects 1 in 6 men and like all such diseases, especially cancers, we’re always looking for a way to avoid it. I mean, really: the only thing that makes cancer worse is if you put it in your butthole, right? Especially, like, you know: waaaay up in there.
But the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (sort of the A-Team of butthole diagnosis) recently recommended that men over 50 not be tested quite so much. The reason is a combination of false-positives and also the belief – according to the below-linked article – that men over the age of 50 will probably die of something else entirely before the prostate cancer ever becomes a problem.
A University of Rochester study finds, though, that prostate cancer tends to be a lot more agressive in older men. So maybe that theory isn’t as sound as the recommendation seemed at the time. Either way, this is definitely one of those “talk to your doctor” kind of things.