Members of PCSANM are men and their families who have benefited by learning of their cancer through screening. Statistics developed when screening of men was done regularly as part of a normal health checkup showed that about 14% of all men will develop prostate cancer. PCSANM believes that most men should be screened as early as practicable, and we recommend a baseline PSA test at age 45 for asymptomatic men. African American men and those men with family history of prostate cancer should be screened earlier.
If you are 45 or older, insist that your health care provider prescribe a
prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.
With prostate cancer, early detection is essential.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines recommend that at age 40, high-risk men begin annual PSA and prostate exams. All other men at age 40 should be offered a baseline PSA and prostate exams and, if their PSA is 1.0 ng/mL or greater, they should receive annual follow-ups. If their PSA is less than 1.0, the Guidelines recommend that these men be early detected again at age 45. To review the Guidelines, create an account and view page 12 of 166.
In addition, leading health care centers such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center recommend that to establish a baseline PSA, men begin PSA testing at age 45. Click here to view screening recommendations.
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