Recent study shows PSA tests have helped decrease prostate cancer deaths

A recent study published what many urologists already know – PSA tests for prostate cancer save lives. The study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that while the incidence of prostate cancer has not decreased in the past 20 years, the death rate from the disease has decreased a staggering 40%.

PSA, prostate-specific antigen, is a protein produced in the prostate. A PSA test measures the amount of PSA in your blood. High levels of PSA may indicate the presence of cancer. If a PSA test comes back high, you will to undergo further evaluation for prostate cancer.

It is important for males to begin prostate cancer screenings at age 40 because many patients don’t experience any symptoms in the early stages of the disease. If the cancer is detected early, it is much easier to treat.

There is some conflict among organizations as to what screening method is best and whether PSA tests are necessary, but we suggest it is best to utilize the PSA test as it can potentially save your life. At Comprehensive Urology, our doctors will evaluate your family history, age, risk factors, and previous cancer screening results, in addition to screening you to ensure you are taking every preventive measure possible.

If you are over the age of 40, please begin screening for prostate cancer. Call (310)278-8330 today to schedule your PSA test.