Cancer Screening Guidelines:
Prostate Cancer Screening:
The National Cancer Institute indicates there is no standard or routine screening test for prostate cancer. Currently, research is underway to study the combination of using the Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and the digital rectal exam (DRE) as a way to get accurate results. It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about these tests and your risk for prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society does recommend prostate cancer screening.
American Cancer Society screening recommendations
DRE and PSA, beginning at age 50 to men with at least a ten year life expectancy.
Men at high risk (father, brother or son diagnosed with prostate cancer under age 65) should begin testing at age 45.
Men at higher risk (several first-degree relatives who had prostate cancer at an early age) should begin testing at age 40
The information provided are guidelines and not meant to be used as medical advice or replace the advice of your health care provider. It is important to discuss prostate cancer with your health care provider.