Prostate Cancer Screening: Is It Right For You?
Medical experts are working together on major research studies to learn more about prostate cancer screening. These studies are called clinical trials. They will help determine whether a man who gets screened regularly is less likely to die of prostate cancer than a man who does not get screened. Clinical trials involve thousands of male volunteers and take a long time. Results are expected in five to ten years. They should help experts know if screening for prostate cancer saves lives.
The decision is up to you and your doctor. Know your risk factors for prostate cancer and the pros and cons of screening.
"I will take the screening tests because they will give me peace of mind. It could mean finding a problem, taking further tests, and treating a potentially serious prostate cancer. And because there's no way to tell if the prostate cancer will cause problems in the future, I want it found early when treatments might be more effective."
"I will not take the screening tests until medical experts agree that finding and treating prostate cancer in its early stages reduce the chances of dying from it. Screening tests could lead to further tests and treatment for a prostate cancer that may never cause problems. And treatment can have serious side effects."