There are two common tests used to screen for prostate cancer:
These tests can be done separately or together.
When a person has abnormal PSA and/or digital rectal exam screening results, it doesn't automatically mean that they have prostate cancer. Abnormal results can occur in a perfectly healthy person. The doctor may recommend another PSA and digital rectal exam in a few weeks or months, or they may suggest a prostate biopsy. In a prostate biopsy, a small sample of tissue is extracted from the prostate with a very fine needle. It's then examined in the lab to check for cancerous cells.
It depends on risk factors. When men have an elevated risk for prostate cancer, they should consider starting screenings as early as age 40-45.
Prostate cancer can cause a number of urinary, bowel, and sexual problems. It can dramatically reduce quality of life and even cause death in some cases. By screening for prostate cancer, men have the opportunity to learn about the condition when it's still in early stages. This can potentially allow for treatment that will prevent many of the most negative results of prostate cancer from ever occurring.
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