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Should I Have PSA Test?

By    |   Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 11:03 AM

Question: Should I get a PSA test? I have no history of prostate cancer in my family.

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

PSA is an enzyme test that reflects prostate disorders caused by stones, infection, hyperplasia, enlargement, and cancer. An elevated PSA is no longer routinely recommended for every man, but may still make sense for some.

If you have no symptoms of urinary frequency, urgency, blood, or discharge, a PSA test may serve no benefit to you. I happen to like the PSA test, but its use should be more selectively confined to symptomatic patients, those with a family history of prostate cancer, and those who have documented PSA elevations.

Remember that an elevated PSA does not always require a biopsy of the prostate, and tracking PSA levels over time may be appropriate for some men. Younger patients with PSA elevation rarely have cancer, so the pros and cons of PSA testing should be discussed with your doctor before it is done.


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