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Fox News, 06/17/2012

Prostate cancer treatment expert Dr. David Samadi gives men the gift of knowledge this Father's Day as he provides information about the importance of PSA testing and prostate cancer screening. A PSA (or Prostate Specific Antigen) test is a simple blood test that can be done on an annual basis that can be used to help determine a patient's risk for prostate cancer. Dr. Samadi suggests that all men start receiving PSA tests regularly starting at the age of 45. For those who have a family history of, or other risk factors for, prostate cancer should start being tested at age 40.

By getting a baseline reading at this age, and by going for regular annual testing afterward, your doctor is able to compare your PSA values and monitor for abnormal changes. A drastic rise in PSA values over time may indicate that a biopsy of the prostate is necessary to test for cancer.

While the effectiveness of PSA testing has been questioned in the media as of late, Dr. Samadi is a firm believer that PSA testing has indeed helped to reduce prostate cancer mortality rates. Dr. Samadi frequently states that PSA testing alone is not enough to make a prostate cancer diagnosis; however, when used in conjunction with other tests and an overview a patient's family history, it becomes an invaluable tool in the fight against prostate cancer.

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