Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind lung cancer, according to the American Cancer society.
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force this week updated its recommended screening guidelines from six years ago, for prostate cancer. “We keep up on all the new data and all the new technology that comes out and we try to use that as best as we can to help the patients out in making the best decisions for their care,” said Dr. Mahmoud Chehab, a Urologist at Cortland Regional Medical Center and Upstate Hospital.
His advice for men 55 to 70 years old? “I think they should discuss with (their) doctor screening for PSA cancer,” said Chehab. “Patients who have a family history for prostate cancer or if they’re African-Americans should start getting screened at age 45, and for the older generation who are healthy, also consider having a PSA test.”
PSA is the prostate-specific antigen screening.
“A general rule that we go by is that if someone’s life expectancy is not more than ten years then he probably won’t benefit from the PSA cancer screening,” said Chehab. “So, if we take a 60-year old with heart disease, lung disease and we think his survival is not going to be beyond ten years then we usually don’t offer screening for those patients.”
Listen: Dr. Chehab was a guest on Meet Cortland County last August: