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Until recently, many doctors encouraged yearly PSA testing for all men beginning at age 50, or even earlier for men at high risk of prostate cancer. As doctors have learned more about the benefits and harms of prostate cancer screening, they have begun to caution against annual PSA testing. Talk with your doctor about what is best for you.
Yearly PSA testing in men without symptoms is generally not recommended. However, in men who report prostate symptoms, PSA testing (along with digital rectal examination) can help doctors determine the nature of the problem. In men who have been treated for prostate cancer, the PSA test may be used to see if the cancer has come back.
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For More Information About Prostate Cancer and Other Prostate Problems
National Cancer Institute
Cancer Information Service
800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER/ toll-free)
National Urologic Disease Information Clearinghouse
National Library of Medicine