Should I Get Screened for Prostate Cancer?
CDC and other federal agencies follow the prostate cancer screening recommendations set forth by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which recommends against prostate specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for men who do not have symptoms. Other organizations, like the American Urological Association, [PDF-310KB] the American Cancer Society, and the American College of Physicians may have other recommendations. Talk to your doctor.
Informed Decision Making
Understanding that men and their doctors may continue to screen for prostate cancer, CDC continues to support informed decision making. Informed decision making occurs when a man—
- Understands the nature and risk of prostate cancer.
- Understands the risks of, benefits of, and alternatives to screening.
- Participates in the decision to be screened or not at a level he desires.
- Makes a decision consistent with his preferences and values.
We need better ways to screen for and treat prostate cancer. Until we make these discoveries, and even when we do, men and their families will turn to trusted health care professionals to help them make informed decisions. CDC encourages all doctors to have open conversations with their patients who have questions about prostate cancer and PSA screening.
- U.S. Preventive Services Task Force fact sheet: Screening for Prostate Cancer [PDF-466KB]
- Prostate Cancer: Take Time to Decide infographic
- Understanding Prostate Changes: A Health Guide for Men (National Cancer Institute)
- Postate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test (National Cancer Institute)