Pros and Cons of PSA Screening Test for Prostate Cancer

October 10, 2011

USA Today

At first glance, deciding whether to get the PSA screening test for prostate cancer seems pretty straightforward.

It's a simple blood test, and it can pick up prostate cancer long before symptoms appear. After all, the earlier cancer is treated, the better, right?

But studies have failed to find a lifesaving benefit of the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) screening. Many of the cancers it detects are so slow-growing that they might never have caused problems. And their diagnosis via biopsy, and treatment, can be worse than the disease itself... Read More