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Should Men Receive PSA Testing to Screen For Prostate Cancer?

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A federal panel has established new guidelines regarding prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening for healthy men of all ages.  Dr. David Samadi, prostate cancer expert; robotic prostatectomy surgeon; and PSA screening advocate, provides his opinion on this controversial new decision.

The new guidelines state that healthy men should no longer undergo routine screening for prostate cancer.  The PSA blood test is the primary form of prostate cancer screening and is used alongside the digital rectal exam (DRE) and a review of family history to determine when a biopsy for prostate cancer may be necessary.

The federal panel has claimed that the PSA blood test may do more harm than good.  This is due to the fact that prostate biopsies, often done due to PSA test results, have the potential to cause impotence and incontinence in those treated.

Dr. Samadi states that this recommendation that men not be tested is irresponsible and may ultimately lead to more prostate cancer related deaths.  Dr. Samadi states that it has been shown that in the last two decades PSA testing has reduced prostate cancer mortality rates by 40%.

Currently the PSA test is the only blood test available to monitor men for potential prostate cancer; a disease that affects approximately 240,000 U.S. men annually.  Dr. Samadi advises that men speak to multiple doctors with regard to PSA testing to get as much information as possible.

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T. C., Italy

 Posso dire che è stata una storia a lieto fine. Grazie di nuovo Dottor Samadi per aver dato luce alla mia vita.


הרופא שבישר לי את תוצאות הביופסיה היה ברור. אובחנתי בסרטן הערמונית...

Joseph P., USA

Your fame as the Leonardo of the Da Vinci robotic prostate surgery is well known. It is also documented by the many testimonials of your patients. I would like to add my own experience to show how masterfully you also apply your unique skills and methodology to the most demanding surgery of this type removal of the bladder...

Jacob G, Israel

פתאום באמצע החיים הודיעו לי שחליתי בסרטן. בבלוטת הערמונית שלי שהיא המקור ליצירת חיים ולהתחדשות, התגלה גידול ממאיר. מעבר להלם הראשוני ולחרדה הקיומית התברר לי שאני שוקע במערכת מפותלת ומורכבת של אפשרויות לטיפול ולריפוי, החל ממעקב ללא התערבות, דרך תהליכי הקרנות פנימיים וחיצוניים ועד לניתוחים מגוונים לכריתת הערמונית. להפתעתי גיליתי.