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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 you about prostate cancer screening. These guidelines are based on your age and your risk of getting prostate cancer.
Some things that may put you at a higher risk include:
Most experts agree on the following age-related recommendations:
The PSA is not recommended for this age group. Testing may cause more harm than good.
If you are thinking about getting the PSA test, talk to your doctor about the pros and cons before you decide.
The PSA test usually isn't recommended. Testing in this age group may cause 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
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Christopher G. Wood MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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