Cancer screening exams are medical tests performed when a person has no symptoms. Prostate cancer screening should begin at age 50 for most men. Screening should begin at age 45 for African American men or men with a family history (father, brother, son) of prostate cancer. Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center recommends:
These recommendations are provided as a guide. If exam results suggest cancer, other diagnostic tests, such as an ultrasound or biopsy of the prostate tissue, should be conducted.
Because prostate cancer is a slow-growing cancer, cancer specialists advise that men over 75 consult their doctor to see if a PSA blood test is right for them.