Prostate Cancer Screening: 4 Questions Answered

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Why do doctors screen nearly all men for prostate cancer? Because it’s currently one of the most common cancers in men, says Johns Hopkins urologist Christian Pavlovich, M.D.

Is it effective? (Spoiler alert: Yes!) Prostate cancer death rates are down overall, but doctors are still working hard to improve detection rates. In fact, new and more accurate prostate screening tools recently became available.

Pavlovich answers patients’ most common questions about prostate cancer screening. Here’s what you should know.

Is prostate cancer screening effective?

In short, yes. The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening test was introduced in the 1980s. For the past 30 years, it has been the gold standard for prostate cancer detection. It’s still quite useful today.

Screening is part of the reason we’re seeing such success in prostate cancer treatment. Most men benefit from prostate cancer screening and early detection and treatment of prostate cancer.