We are happy to provide a link to the AUA’s (American Urologic Association) latest prostate cancer screening guidelines. Just visit the site and you can download a copy of their guidelines brochure.
I would like to note that the guidelines recommend an annual PSA for men beginning at 40, along with a DRE (digital rectal exam). Although I am not a physician and do not provide medical advice, I suggest that men have a Free PSA test if their PSA test comes back positive. I say this because in my case my two tumors were located on top of the prostate where they could not be felt by DRE. Fortunately, my urologist requested a Free PSA test (your Free PSA value should be equal to or greater than .25 (25%) of your total PSA, and the tumors were detection prior to metastasis. If your Free PSA/total PSA is less than .25, it is an indication that a tumor may be present and you should consult your physician. If you do not have a physician (and you should!), you can obtain these tests on your own from an independent laboratory.
Remember, it is not the absolute PSA value that matters most, but the change from year-to-year. Should your PSA value change approximately .75 or more from one year to the next, you should see a physician immediately.
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