What is PSA Screening?
The Prostate Specific Antigen screening is a blood test used to identify elevated levels of this naturally occurring enzyme. High levels of this antigen can indicate prostate cancer.
Using the PSA Screening
PSA screening has undeniably contributed to a decrease in mortality and morbidity of prostate cancer. There are certain situations whereby PSA screening is not recommended and may even expose patients to unnecessary risks. After reviewing the published data and the guidelines on PSA screening, we recommend screening in the following cases:
- Men age 40 or older with increased risk of prostate cancer, namely African Americans and those with family history of prostate cancer
- All men between the ages of 54 and 69 (this group benefits the most from PSA screening)
- Men above age 70 with greater than 10 year’s life expectancy
- All men who have an abnormal rectal exam
- Men older than 60 with PSA < 1.0 can have the screening at longer intervals
- Men with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) who have a life expectancy greater than 10 years and if the diagnosis of prostate cancer can modify the management of their condition
We realize that the decision to screen in certain situations can be challenging and for that reason Wichita Urology Group doctors are always available to provide expert advice for your patients.
Risks of PSA Screening
The truth is that most tests are simply tools for a doctor and patient to determine how to best ensure both long and short-term quality of life. Talk to your doctor about whether it’s right for you.
Is PSA Screening Right For You?
At Wichita Urology Group, our physicians have extensive experience with PSA screening, which can help to mitigate any risks. While there are certainly some risks associated with the PSA exam and the subsequent treatment options, if you’re having symptoms, it’s important to speak to your physician immediately and consider all of your testing and treatment options from the most informed position possible.