More Men Should Undergo Prostate Cancer Screening Tests
Analysis has shown that more men need to undergo prostate cancer screening tests, especially black males who are at higher risk.
A team of researchers from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina examined data from a 2002 survey involving 58511 U.S. men aged 40 and over.
Results showed that 1 out of 5 white men and 1 out of 3 black men had undergone prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening during the past year. Hispanic men were found to be more likely to take the screening on time. Overall, study reported that 22.5% men aged from 40 to 49 and 53.7% of men over 50 have got PSA tests.
Researchers still think that the prostate cancer screening rates are extremely low. Those at higher risk for prostate cancer must be more attentive and not to wait for their older ages. If they are at higher risk, they need to keep an eye on the disease to make it curable.
According to American Cancer Society recommendations, men over 50 must undergo prostate cancer screenings to identify the disease as early as possible. African Americans are found to be at higher risk, this is why they are recommended to undergo screening at their 45s. If they have strong family history, they should take the screening in their 40s.
"Our study is the first to specifically examine PSA screening in younger men, which provides an important assessment of quality of care, especially for high-risk groups," wrote study authors. "Further investigation will be required to understand the impact of new risk-stratification strategies, with particular focus on the policy implications of potentially large increases in health-care resource use."