Essential Screening Tests Every Man Needs
Tests for Prostate Cancer
Screenings for healthy men may include a digital rectal exam (DRE) and possibly a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. Government guidelines recommend against the routine use of the PSA test. The American Cancer Society advises each man to talk with a doctor about the risks and possible benefits of the PSA test. Discussions should begin at:
- 50 for average-risk men
- 45 for men at high risk. This includes African-Americans.
- 40 for men with a strong family history of prostate cancer