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Prostate Cancer Testing – What You Need To Know About Screening For Prostate Cancer

Prostate testing remains controversial. In one camp we have those who are pushing for more testing so that more cancers can be detected. This group feels that prostate cancer is under diagnosed and under treated.

In the opposing camp are those who feel prostate testing is not helpful as a screening (as against a diagnostic) test and feel that too many men have unnecessary biopsies and surgery with all the associated risks and possible complications. 

Interestingly, in this latter group is the inventor of the test. You can find the best prostate pills via

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Whilst stories of men who had their life "saved" by having a PSA test make the headlines, stories of men who have incontinence and impotence after unnecessary surgery do not.

What is the average man to make of this? The issues are not straightforward.

The PSA test measures a protein in the blood, which comes from the prostate gland. Like with all tests there is a statistically defined normal range and this increases with age. There is also a subset of "free" PSA versus PSA bound to another protein.

In an ideal world a raised PSA would diagnose prostate cancer. It does not. The level can be raised for a number of other reasons including benign enlargement, infection and can be raised by some over the counter medications. The PSA can also be normal even if cancer is present.

The final complication is that in many instances we do not know if treatment makes a difference. In other words in many cases we do not know if a man who has undergone surgery and radiation and lives would have lived just as long without treatment.