Other than the fact that prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening is a simple blood test, little else about this cornerstone of prostate cancer screening is simple. That includes the question of whether there are normal PSA levels by age. Generally, your risk of having prostate cancer increases along with your PSA
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Recent data (Cancer, May 22) points to a rise in the diagnosis of late-stage prostate cancer. In the study, diagnoses in which the cancer had already spread to other parts of the body increased from 7.8 per 100,000 in 2010 to 9.2 per 100,000 in 2014.
Reza Mehrazin, MD, assistant professor
In today’s age, the term “digital” may make you think electronic or photographic. But, alas, digital here refers to a finger, so a digital rectal exam (DRE) is an examination of your rectum with the physician’s gloved and lubricated index finger. Both men and women undergo a digital rectal exam,
MCI to Dementia
The key difference between MCI and dementia is the ability to carry out daily activities. When you progress from MCI to dementia, you go beyond forgetting names, dates, or doctor appointments, and you begin having significant trouble functioning in your day-to-day life. The progression of MCI to dementia
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
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
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
If your doctor has determined that you’re experiencing prostate cancer symptoms and that your otherwise normal PSA levels are elevated, he likely will order a biopsy of tissue from the prostate gland.
Your doctor may elect to biopsy your prostate based on whether or not you have possible symptoms of prostate