If you are a man, under the age of 70, your doctor may suggest that you have your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels checked as a preventative measure for prostate cancer. On Monday, April 11, new guidelines were released by the US Preventive Services Task Force.
While in 2012 the task force recommended that patients do not get their PSA levels regularly checked, now they are beginning to change their tone.
Checking of men ages 55 to 69 with no history or symptoms of prostate cancer has upgraded from D to C, citing that the “decision is up to ‘a man’s values and preferences’” to get checked.
While not everyone agrees with these changes, public comments regarding them are open through May 8. Among men in the United States, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer.
What do you think about this new guideline? Do you think you’ll get tested?