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It Isn’t Time to Abandon the Prostate-Specific Antigen Test Just Yet

It Isn’t Time to Abandon the Prostate-Specific Antigen Test Just Yet

In the fall of 2016, actor Ben Stiller revealed that he had been treated successfully for prostate cancer in 2014. Stiller credited his physician and the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening test for saving his life.

His announcement comes at a time when rates of prostate cancer screening and diagnosis are on

Don’t Rush to Surgery for Prostate Cancer

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS)—and six cases in 10 occur in men age 65 and older.
For some men, prostate cancer can be an aggressive disease, but for most, the disease is slow growing—in fact, men with

Beyond the PSA Test: Options for Screening

Beyond the PSA Test: Options for Screening

Prostate screening traditionally has focused on two methods: the digital rectal exam (DRE) and prostate specific antigen, or PSA testing. Researchers have always worked toward improving the accuracy and reliability of both modalities. Along the way, PSA test options have been surfacing.
New methods seek to clarify diagnoses in men whose

Prostate Cancer Stages

Prostate Cancer Stages

Prostate cancer stages describe how far a cancer of the prostate has spread. Doctors define stages in determining treatment for prostate cancer and in predicting the chances of recovery.
Prostate cancer stages are determined by evaluating the prostate tissue and determining its Gleason score (a microscopic assessment of the cells’ architecture

Prostate Cancer Symptoms: 15 Common (and Not-So-Common) Signs

Prostate Cancer Symptoms: 15 Common (and Not-So-Common) Signs

Despite the fact that there are roughly 221,000 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in American men each year, many of them have no symptoms of the disease.

In these asymptomatic men, the disease is often detected during routine screening with tests such as a digital rectal exam, urinalysis, and

What Is Prostate Cancer?

What Is Prostate Cancer?

The vast majority of prostate cancers originate in the glandular cells of the prostate and are called adenocarcinomas. Prostate cancer is second only to prostate cancer, it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death. Data from the National Cancer Institute estimates that 14 percent of American men will be

Elderly Diseases: The Big 12

Elderly Diseases: The Big 12

For both the youthful and the elderly, diseases can be a reality, and they require attention. Many different diseases can affect the human body, but certain ones rank among the most common causes of major illness in older adults. Some of these elderly diseases affect both men and women and

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer: Sorting Out Signs

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer: Sorting Out Signs

Prostate cancer usually develops quietly early on. Oftentimes, if a man experiences symptoms of prostate cancer, his disease has reached a more advanced stage.

Compounding the problem is that these prostate cancer symptoms can mimic those of other, noncancerous problems, so it’s important to visit your physician and find the root

Are You Keeping Tabs on Your PSA Levels?

Are You Keeping Tabs on Your PSA Levels?

Three big letters: P-S-A. In the world of urology and men’s health, perhaps no three letters generate more controversy. Since the early 1990s, the prostate-specific antigen (or PSA) blood test has served as the cornerstone of prostate cancer early detection. Today, it remains at the center of a debate over

An Abnormal PSA Result: What Comes Next?

An Abnormal PSA Result: What Comes Next?

The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test remains central to prostate cancer screening and, at the same time, at the center of considerable controversy. While proponents cite data supporting the test as a way to reduce the risk of dying from prostate cancer, critics point to the chain of events that

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