Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among men in this
country. Only skin cancer is more common. Out of every three men who are
diagnosed with cancer each year, one is diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Scientists are studying prostate cancer to find out more about its causes.
And they are looking for better ways to treat it.
Two tests are used to look for prostate cancer: a digital rectal exam and a PSA blood test.
The PSA blood test looks for something called prostate-specific antigen in the blood. Who should have a PSA test and when is controversial:
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force does not recommend regular PSA tests. The task force say the tests may find cancers that are so slow growing that treatment, which can have serious side effects, would offer no benefit.
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