New Questions About the PSA Screening Prostate Blood Tests
A recent study in the news questions the merits of screening for prostate cancer. I have been discussing this with my patients when needed. I feel the PSA blood test should be drawn yearly, so we have the information to decide if the patient wants to do something if it is elevated.
For elevations, I strongly recommend seeing a Urologist for consult and likely biopsy. If the biopsy is positive for cancer, then the Pathologist who interprets the biopsy and the Urologist can discover if it is an aggressive fast growing type that should be aggressively treated.
Indianapolis Star copy editor, Carl Sygiel, wrote an excellent article about this in Thursday’s, April 16th Indianapolis Star. He had surgery that day for aggressive prostate cancer that he only found out about through a screening PSA test. My prayers and thanks are with him!