PSA Testing For Men

Medicine – Men
Men are often encouraged to get biopsies when their PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels are found to be elevated in blood tests. While PSA tests have been know to be poor indicators for a number of years, a study released today (also in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association) indicates that it’s generally a mistake to get a biopsy based on a singel elevated PSA test. The study authors recommend waiting at least six weeks and having a second PSA test. Even then, if both tests show elevated levels, the chances of actually having prostate cancer are only about one in four. (Source LA Times, 5/28/03, original research published in JAMA.) (5/28/03)

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