PSA Screening for Prostate Cancer - New Recommendations
The U.S. Preventive Task Force just upgraded their recommendation on PSA screening from D to C. That may not mean too much to you and it shouldn't. By now, PSA has become a dirty word. Many men and even their doctors think it's ok not to test for prostate cancer with the PSA test. Why? It's not accurate, it leads to unnecessary treatment and it causes anxiety. All true!
So should we throw the baby out with the bath water? PSA has been used for decades and has dramatically decreased the number of men dying from prostate cancer over the years. Sadly, with the PSA controversy, we're seeing more men get diagnosed with aggressive, late-stage (i.e., too late) prostate cancer. What's the right balance? Who should get the PSA test, and what are the risks and benefits of PSA screening? Dr. Hong explains the new PSA screening recommendations on 3TV.