Earlier Start, Stop for PSA Testing?
Prostate Cancer Screening May Start Earlier -- and Stop Sooner
Can PSA Screening Stop at 75? continued...
Sharlip warns that the findings are not necessarily dire for elderly men with PSA levels above 3 ng/mL.
"I follow these men carefully, get a PSA test every three months, and if I see the PSA turning up I recommend a biopsy," he says. "In a number of these elderly men I find only low-risk prostate cancer, so I don't treat them -- as it turned out, they didn't need the biopsy. But more than occasionally I find intermediate- or high-grade prostate cancer, and those are the men we want to know about."