What are the current recommendations for prostate screenings?

If you are considering having a prostate cancer screening, the best place to start is talking with your doctor to find out what option might be best for you.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the current recommendations for prostate screenings are as follows:

  • Beginning at age 40 – Screening should be done for men at high risk, with at least one first-degree relative (father, brother, or son) who had prostate cancer at an early age – younger than 65.
  • Beginning at age 45 – Men at high risk of developing prostate cancer should be screened, specifically including African American men with a first-degree relative who was diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age.
  • Age 50 and older – Men at average risk for prostate cancer and who are expected to live at least 10 more years should be screened.

If no prostate cancer is found during the screening, the ACS recommends men who have had a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test should be retested at the following times:

  • PSA less than 2.5 ng/mL – get retested every two years
  • PSA higher than 2.5 ng/mL – get tested annually

For more information about the recommendations for prostate cancer screenings, talk with your doctor.

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