PSA Test For Prostate Cancer

New Guidelines Released For Prostate Cancer Screening

Hey there Guys. Today I wanted to share the news that the American Urology Association (AUA) has released new guidelines for use of PSA testing (prostate specific antigen) in prostate cancer screening.

A review of research has shown that for men who do not have symptoms such as difficulty passing urine, blood in the urine or needing to empty their bladder frequently the use of PSA tests can lead to more harm then good.

In a person who has no family history of prostate cancer the new recommendations are:

  • PSA testing is not recommended for men younger then 40
  • Routine PSA testing not recommended between ages 40-54 if you don’t have a family history of prostate cancer.
  • From 55-69 the decision to have prostate screening should be made after a discussion with your doctor. If you decide to have the testing it’s recommended every second year, not annually.
  • PSA testing is not recommended for me older then 70.

Of course if you have a family history of prostate cancer or have symptoms of prostate enlargement or cancer it’s important to discuss these issues carefully with your doctor.

As a reminder the following are all symptoms associated with prostate enlargement or prostate cancer.

Symptoms of prostate enlargement:

  • needing to urinate more often, especially at night
  • difficulty starting
  • difficulty holding back the flow
  • not being able to urinate when you feel you need to
  • poor urine flow or a flow that stops and starts

Symptoms of possible prostate cancer:

  • pain or burning when urinating
  • blood in the urine
  • pain in the lower back, hips or upper thighs

If you have any of these symptoms it’s best to see your family doctor as soon as you can. If you have any questions, worries or concerns your men’s health doctor is a great person to talk with.

Yours in great health,

Dr George