PROSTATE

Cancer Screening

For September 2023
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WHAT IS PROSTATE SCREENING?

A prostate screening scan, like the PSA blood test and transrectal ultrasound, can help detect early signs of prostate issues, including cancer. It’s a crucial step in ensuring your long-term health.

 

Frequently Asked Question

Prostate screening is a medical process used to detect the presence of prostate cancer or other prostate-related conditions in men. It typically involves one or more tests to assess the health of the prostate gland.

The recommended age to start prostate screening varies among medical organizations. In general, it’s suggested that men discuss the pros and cons of screening with their healthcare provider starting at around age 50. However, for those with a family history of prostate cancer or other risk factors, screening may begin earlier, typically around age 35-45.

The two most common screening tests for prostate cancer are the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test. The PSA test measures the level of a protein produced by the prostate gland in the blood.
PSA tests are not perfect and can yield false-positive or false-negative results. Other conditions, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostatitis, or even recent sexual activity, can affect PSA levels. Follow-up tests, such as biopsies, may be needed to confirm a diagnosis.
Yes, there are potential risks. False-positive results can lead to unnecessary anxiety and procedures, while false-negative results may delay the detection of cancer. Additionally, prostate biopsies can cause discomfort, bleeding, and infection. It’s important to discuss these risks with your healthcare provider.
The frequency of screening depends on your risk factors and the results of previous screenings. Your healthcare provider will recommend an appropriate screening schedule. Generally, annual or biennial screenings are common for men at higher risk, while others may be screened less frequently.
Prostate cancer often develops without causing noticeable symptoms in its early stages. Screening can help detect cancer at an early, more treatable stage, so it’s still recommended for men without symptoms, especially those at higher risk.
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