Grou recommends new guidelines for PSA testing

Group Makes New Recommendations on PSA Monitoring

Men and PSA Monitoring, When Should it Stop?

            In the article, “10 Years to Live? Get the PSA Test for Prostate Cancer,” many interesting points are brought to attention on the topic of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA).  Men begin getting their PSA tested between the ages of 40-45. The articles main point however, is to determine when an appropriate time to testing your PSA. The article discussed a study that has been taking place, on whether or not treating prostate cancer is a benefit or if it will actually shorten the life expectancy of men who are at a life expectancy of ten years of less.

The chemicals that are involved in cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, can inflict more bad than good on an older body. It may prove to be too overbearing for men who are in their 70’s. This is why there is an idea up in the air to educate men on their options of continuing PSA tests or stopping once they hit a certain age. A main idea the article does express with great emphasis is that the choice belongs to the man himself. It is his choice whether or not he would like to continue testing while his life expectancy is becoming fewer in the years to come. Dr. Samadi, who has created SMART (Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique) is quoted saying, "The counsel of an experienced prostate cancer expert should be central to the PSA decision."

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All about PSA Testing 

The Prostate Specific Antigens test is currently the most commonly prescreening method available for prostate cancer. A PSA test measures the level of Prostate Specific Antigens, which is a protein that is produced in the prostate gland in the blood. Usually when you have an elevated level of PSA in your blood, the chances of prostate cancer are heightened. It is important to weigh out all of your options before acting on elevated PSA levels. This test is fast and pain free, taking only five to ten minutes to complete and results come back within one to two days.

Here is some important information on PSA testing:

  •  Conditions other than cancer can elevate your PSA levels such as BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia) and Prostatitis.
  • A high PSA level may mean you choose to seek treatment which can lead to urinary and sexual side effects.
  • A biopsy is the only sure way to detect there is cancer in the prostate gland.
  • If cancer is found and treated early enough, prostate cancer is usually curable.
  • PSA screening is important to begin as early as age 45 to lessen your risk of any prostate disease or infection.
  •  It is common for a false positive to occur.

Prostate Cancer Graph

 As you can see above, Prostate cancer proves to be the most common cancer to occur in men. This is why it is important to see your doctor and take the necessary actions to screen your prostate. Keep yourself healthy and safe by having an annual PSA test once you hit the age of 40, it is always better to be one step ahead of the game.