The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test can help find prostate cancer early. But it may not help you live any longer than if you had no screening. And it could lead to harmful treatments that you don't need.
Talk with your doctor about your health, your risk factors for prostate cancer, and the pros and cons of PSA testing. The choice is up to you.
Experts have set up guidelines to advise men about prostate cancer screening. These guidelines are based on a man's age and his risk of getting prostate cancer. Some things that put men at a higher risk include:
Most experts agree on the following age-related recommendations:
These men aren't advised to get the PSA test. Testing in this age group causes more harm than good.
Men who are thinking about getting the PSA test are advised to talk with their doctors about the pros and cons of testing before they decide whether to get the PSA test.
Most men aren't advised to get the PSA test. Testing in this age group causes more harm than good.
Current as of:
December 17, 2020
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineChristopher G. Wood MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
Current as of: December 17, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Christopher G. Wood MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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