Questions to ask about testing for prostate cancer
Ask your healthcare provider
- What is my risk of developing prostate cancer?
- Is there anything I can do to lower my risk?
- What tests should I have, if any?
- How often should I be tested?
- Could I benefit from having a PSA test and DRE?
- Could I be harmed by a PSA test and DRE?
- What happens if my results are normal?
- What happens if my results aren’t normal?
- Do I have to pay for the tests? If yes, how much?
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Your healthcare provider can help by giving you the information you need, but only you can make the decision that is right for you. You may want to ask yourself:
- What would I choose to do if testing found my PSA level to be high?
- What would I do if further tests show I have early prostate cancer?
- Would I be comfortable knowing that I have prostate cancer but that it doesn’t need active treatment (surgery, drugs or radiation) right away? How stressful would I find this?