Dr. Scott Miller from Georgia Urology is here to share his best advice about prostate cancer.
What medical test should men be sure to get?
A PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) blood test and a digital rectal exam (DRE). The DRE Entails a physician briefly placing a finger in the rectum to feel for abnormally firm areas of your prostate.
How often should they get this test?
Frequency of testing depends on risk factors such as family history, race, age and prior PSA values. Higher-risk patients should undergo yearly testing.
What results can they expect to receive?
Higher values may indicate the presence of prostate cancer, but your physician can determine what PSA value is normal for you.
Is this test typically covered by insurance?
When do men know they need to get this test?
Starting at age 40, every man should learn about their individual risk of prostate cancer. This is a good time to obtain a baseline PSA test, even if only for future comparison.