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Prostate cancer screening is controversial. Some doctors and groups recommend against regular screening. They say the benefits of checking for the slow-growing cancer may be outweighed by potential harm.

Generally, you should get the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood testing only if you’ve talked to your doctor about it first.

  • PSA screening is not advised for men under 40, and routine screening in not recommended for men ages 40 to 54 if they’re at average risk for prostate cancer.
  • Routine PSA screening is not recommended in men over age 70 or any man who’s expected to live no more than 10 to 15 more years.

From: Prostate Problems WebMD Medical Reference

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FDA. 

Ohio State University: "Anatomy of the Prostate Gland." 

Stevermer, J. May 15, 2000.  American Family Physician,

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Prostate Enlargement: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Prostate Cancer." 

Marks, L. , 2006.  Journal of Urology

Ranjan, P. , 2006.  Urology

National Cancer Institute: "The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test: Questions and answers.

American Cancer Society: "Can Prostate Cancer Be Found Early?". 

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on March 05, 2019

SOURCES: 

FDA. 

Ohio State University: "Anatomy of the Prostate Gland." 

Stevermer, J. May 15, 2000.  American Family Physician,

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Prostate Enlargement: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Prostate Cancer." 

Marks, L. , 2006.  Journal of Urology

Ranjan, P. , 2006.  Urology

National Cancer Institute: "The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test: Questions and answers.

American Cancer Society: "Can Prostate Cancer Be Found Early?". 

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on March 05, 2019

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