Most women are in the habit of getting a yearly physical exam – and men should too. Cholesterol screening, cardiac workup and testicular exam are just a few of the tests recommended to help men stay proactive in maintaining good health.
Men over age 40 should also talk with their family physician about a regular PSA check. PSA, which stands for prostate-specific antigen, can be measured through a simple blood test by your family doctor. Low PSA levels typically signal that a man does not have prostate problems. As men age and the prostate enlarges, the PSA test can be a way to detect prostate cancer at an early stage, when it is most treatable.
Increased PSA levels don’t necessarily require treatment – in fact, many men live with increased PSA levels for years without experiencing any symptoms of prostate cancer. However, having a historical record of this information can help you and your doctor determine if further evaluation is needed and can help you stay healthy longer.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently updated PSA testing guidelines to indicate that the PSA test may result in unnecessary treatments. Every person is different, so it is important to work with your doctor to discuss how often you should have a PSA test. Your doctor can also help you understand the individual factors that determine whether you are at risk for developing prostate cancer.
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