Posted on Apr 19, 2022
With the changing lifestyle, incidences of prostate cancer are increasing at an alarming rate. This is the second leading cause of death in the male population. Incidences of prostate cancer increases with ageing. To diagnose the cause of prostate cancer, PSA test is recommend after 55 years of age. This is a chemical which is produced in the prostate. High PSA levels are a direct indication for prostate cancer. But the high levels can be due to various other factors too – any urinary infection, due to related enlargement of the prostate or due to to some medical intervention such as a biopsy of the prostate.
If the PSA is high, there is no need to panic. Consult your urologist; he will perform a digital rectal examination & ultrasound. If there any doubt of cancer then you may require prostate biopsy. Prostate Biopsy is a simple procedure in which prostate tissue is excised with a needle and examined under ultrasound guidance to look for cancer cells.
With the advent of PSA screening, many cancers can be diagnosed at an early stage and can be treated for life. But one should not get PSA without consulting a doctor as it can lead to & false & unnecessary tests.
The Pros and Cons of going for the PSA Test:
Let’s start with the positives of opting for a PSA test:
No let’s see the cons of opting for a PSA test:
However , when we weigh the scales of prevention and cure, it is best that we chose the option that is best for our health. The recommendation is to always first consult an urologist and discuss your health ailments. If the doctor recommends then you should and must get a PSA test done.