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Prostate cancer does not always produce symptoms, so the most common way to catch prostate cancer is by scheduling regular exams and screenings. A digital rectal exam (DRE) is recommended every year if you are a man over age 50. If you are higher risk, please talk to your doctor about being screened at age 45.
PSA Screening and Recommendations
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests also may be performed as a screening test for prostate cancer. A PSA is a blood test that looks for a protein produced by the prostate; elevated levels may indicate the presence of cancer, but can also be due to an enlarged or inflamed prostate gland without cancer.
PSA screening offers earlier diagnosis and higher cure rates for prostate cancer. At Spectrum Health Cancer Center, we believe a man should talk to his doctor and discuss having his first PSA test at the age of 40, before the prostate enlarges significantly.
Still, there is debate about the value of PSA screening and how often it should be done. The decision to be tested for prostate cancer is an individual decision that you should discuss with your physician. The PSA test can provide valuable information in the diagnosis, pre-treatment staging, risk assessment and monitoring of prostate cancer. For more information or to decide if PSA screening is right for you, contact your primary care physician, a Spectrum Health urologist or Spectrum Health Cancer Center urologic oncologist.