How Often Should Men Have a Prostate Screening?

As one of the most common types of cancer among men, prostate cancer is routinely screened for. This type of cancer is highly treatable when identified early, which further increases the importance of regular prostate screenings. 

Understanding the right time to start having prostate screenings will help you protect your health as you age. Here, we’ll discuss prostate screenings and how often men should undergo them. 

Understanding Prostate Screenings

Prostate screenings are intended to detect prostate cancer in men. The main type of prostate screening is the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test, though some doctors also perform digital rectal examinations or DREs. 

  • PSA test

The PSA test is a blood test that measures the amount in the blood; PSA and is often found in higher amounts in the blood of men with prostate cancer. However, other prostate conditions can also cause elevated PSA levels. 

  • DRE

A DRE involves your doctor inserting a finger into the rectum to identify abnormalities, which may indicate prostate cancer. 

Timing and Frequency of Prostate Screenings

Men typically don’t need to undergo prostate screenings until the age of 40. Men who are found to have a PSA level of under 2.5 ng/mL may only need retested every two years. However, men with PSA levels over 2.5 ng/mL should undergo prostate screenings every year. 

If levels of PSA start to increase with each retest, your doctor will likely recommend that you undergo a follow-up test or even a biopsy. This is because rising levels of PSA in the blood are a potential sign of prostate cancer.  

Your doctor will consider your overall health and wellbeing, not just your age when making decisions about your prostate screening. To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled medical providers, contact Florida Wellness Medical Group today. 

Attention St. Petersburg, Trinity, and Downtown Tampa Patients:

 

We are sorry to announce that we will no longer carry Primary Care Services in our Downtown Tampa, Trinity, and St. Petersburg locations. 

You have the right to choose your healthcare provider and Florida Wellness Medical Group remains committed to fully supporting your decision.  Florida Wellness Medical Group along with the entire staff, will continue to provide primary care services at:  

                Carrollwood Location:

  Florida Wellness Medical Group

              4104 W. Linebaugh Ave.

         Tampa, FL 33624

Should you wish to continue your care plan and schedule an appointment at this location, or if you have any questions about your current or future care, please call 813-229-2225.  

Patients that wish to retain a copy of their medical records transferred, may request them by mailing or faxing the records request to the address and number listed below. 

Florida Wellness Medical Group

Attn: Medical Records Dept. 

4104 W. Linebaugh Ave.

Tampa FL, 33624

Or 

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