ANCHOR LEAD: MANY MEN OVER THE AGE OF 75 CAN STOP BLOOD TESTS FOR PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
If you’re a man over the age of 75, chances are good that you can stop having your blood screened for PSA, prostate specific antigen. That’s according to Edward Schaeffer, a prostate cancer expert at Johns Hopkins and one author of a recent study looking at PSA screening in older men.
SCHAEFFER: Two-thirds of men over the age of 75 when they have their PSA tested its below three so what this study doesn’t say is it doesn’t say that men over the age of 75 with PSAs less than three will not get a diagnosis of prostate cancer but what the study asked and said is that these men over 75, less than 3 PSA are less likely to get high risk prostate cancer, cancer that is more likely to cause harm to your life or to diminish your lifespan or to actually die from prostate cancer. :29
So if your PSA value is less than 3, and you’re over 75, this may be one less test you need to have. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.