cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. Early detection can
save your life by catching the cancer in its early, most treatable
stages. The two tests most often used for prostate screening are a digital rectal exam, and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test.
A digital rectal exam is a physical exam performed by your doctor while wearing lubricated gloves. Your doctor will use a lubricated finger (a “digit”) to check your prostate for any changes in size, shape or texture.
Prostate specific antigen (PSA) test is a blood test used to check PSA levels in the blood. PSA is a protein produced by the prostate. High levels of PSA may indicate prostate cancer.
Because high PSA levels can also indicate other conditions such as prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate), PSA testing has led to a high number of false positives and some unnecessary biopsies. Nevertheless, PSA remains a routine and effective screening tool for prostate cancer.
In addition to being a helpful prostate cancer screening tool, the results of a PSA test can also measure the effectiveness of prostate cancer treatment.
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