Men’s Screening Guidelines 

Premier Health offers a wide variety of cancer screening procedures for men. Listed below are the more commonly recommended tests. 

Prostate Cancer Screenings 

Early detection and treatment can keep prostate disease from getting worse. That’s why we recommend all men have a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test beginning at age 45, and regularly thereafter as recommended by your physician. This simple test can detect signs of prostate cancer. The cancer is treatable if caught early.

Testicular Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, testicular cancer is not common. About one of every 250 men will develop testicular cancer at some point during their lifetime. Testicular cancer treatment is typically quite successful. 

Most of the time a lump on the testicle is the first symptom, or the testicle may be swollen or larger than normal. Most doctors include a testicular cancer screening as part of a routine checkup. Some doctors recommend monthly self-exams after puberty. Currently there is no proof that self-exams reduce the death rate for this cancer, so Premier Health does not have a recommendation for regular testicular cancer exams. 

If you have questions about testicular cancer exams, talk to your health care provider.

Breast Cancer In Men 

Men need to know that  breast cancer is not limited to only women. Although breast cancer is about 100 times less common among men than among women, there is still a lifetime risk of getting breast cancer of one in 1,000. The number of breast cancer cases in men relative to the population has been fairly stable over the last 30 years. 

Possible signs of male breast cancer to watch for include: 

  • A lump or swelling, which is usually (but not always) painless 
  • Skin dimpling or puckering 
  • Nipple retraction (turning inward) 
  • Redness or scaling of the nipple or breast skin 
  • Discharge from the nipple 

Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast tissue is large enough to be felt. 

These changes aren't always caused by cancer. For example, most breast lumps in men are caused by  gynecomastia (a harmless enlargement of breast tissue). Still, if you notice any breast changes, you should see your health care professional as soon as possible. 

Talk to your doctor for more information about breast cancer screenings for men and to schedule a screening if you have a concern. 

Contact Us

Our cancer team is here for you. Our cancer specialists have access to nationally recognized cancer care protocols and best practices, since Premier Health is a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center. Our patients benefit from advanced local care backed by the world-renowned expertise of the nation’s leading cancer centers. 

Call the Premier Health cancer hotline at (844) 316-HOPE(844) 316-4673 (4673), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to connect with a Premier Health cancer specialist.