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A client is having a physical examination and asks the nurse if his father, age 76, should have the same prostate cancer screening that he is having. The nurse bases her answer on knowledge that

a. a simple blood test is all that is required for prostate cancer screening.
b. all men, regardless of age, need routine prostate cancer screening.
c. men over age 70 generally do not need routine prostate screening.
d. only members of certain high-risk ethnic groups need regular screening.

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Generally, men over the age of 70 or who have a significant illness that will probably result in a life span of less than 10 more years are not routinely screened for prostate cancer. Screening should start at age 50 or earlier for high-risk ethnic groups and consists of a prostate-specific an-tigen test and digital rectal examination.

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You helped me right when I needed help the most.