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Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men, and early detection is key when it comes to successful treatment. Regular prostate-specific antigen (PSA) checks can help detect prostate cancer at an early stage when it is more treatable.
The Cancer Council Australia recommends that men should discuss the benefits and risks of PSA testing with their doctor starting at age 50 for men of average risk. Men at higher risk, such as those with a family history of prostate cancer or African American men, should start this discussion at age 45. For men at even higher risk, such as those with a known genetic mutation associated with prostate cancer, discussions about PSA testing may need to begin even earlier.
There is some controversy surrounding PSA testing, with some experts arguing that it can lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment of prostate cancer, causing unnecessary harm such as impotence and incontinence. Others argue that PSA testing is an essential tool in detecting prostate cancer early, and that the benefits outweigh the risks.
Ultimately, the decision to have regular PSA checks should be made in consultation with your doctor, taking into account your personal medical history and risk factors. If you do decide to have regular PSA checks, it is essential to understand what your PSA level means.
PSA levels can vary from person to person and can be affected by various factors, such as age and medications. A PSA level of 4 ng/mL or higher is often used as a cutoff for further evaluation, but it is essential to remember that a higher PSA level does not necessarily mean you have prostate cancer. Further tests, such as a biopsy, may be needed to confirm a diagnosis.
In addition to regular PSA checks, there are other things you can do to reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and getting regular checkups with your doctor are all important steps you can take to protect your health.
Regular PSA checks can be an essential tool in detecting prostate cancer early, when it is more treatable. However, the decision to have regular PSA checks should be made in consultation with your doctor, taking into account your personal medical history and risk factors. By taking an active role in your health, you can help ensure a long and healthy life.
If you would like to discuss your prostate cancer risk, or book a consultation with Dr Read to have your PSA checked, call us today on 07 5531 3205 or use the form on this page to book a consultation.
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Dr Michael Read has thirty years’ experience performing vasectomy and circumcision procedures and an established reputation on the Gold Coast.
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