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Why is it recommended for older adults to undergo PSA Screening?

Written By Samarth Staff | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Anup Bagchi, MBBS, Geriatric specialist

Prostate cancer is a significant health concern for older men in India, making regular screening crucial for early detection and treatment. Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening is a valuable tool in identifying individuals at risk of prostate cancer and improving outcomes.

Here’s why undergoing PSA screening is essential:

PSA screening helps detect elevated levels of prostate-specific antigen in the blood, which can indicate the presence of prostate cancer or other prostate conditions. Early detection allows for timely intervention and treatment, significantly improving the chances of successful outcomes and reducing the risk of advanced-stage prostate cancer. PSA screening also facilitates monitoring of prostate health over time, enabling healthcare providers to detect changes and intervene as necessary.

Failure to undergo PSA screening can result in undiagnosed prostate cancer, leading to an increased risk of advanced-stage disease and its associated complications. Advanced prostate cancer can spread to other parts of the body, leading to metastasis, which is more challenging to treat and may significantly impact quality of life and overall survival. Without timely intervention, prostate cancer can progress silently, causing irreversible damage and reducing treatment options.

For older men in India, PSA screening is typically recommended starting around the age of 50, especially for those with risk factors such as family history of prostate cancer, African descent, or certain genetic mutations. The frequency of screening may vary depending on individual risk factors and previous screening results. Consultation with healthcare providers is essential to determine the appropriate screening schedule based on individual needs and risk factors.

Statistics from the Indian Journal of Urology highlight the prevalence and impact of prostate cancer in India. Studies indicate that prostate cancer is among the most common cancers affecting men in India, with incidence rates increasing with age. Early detection through PSA screening can help mitigate the burden of prostate cancer and improve overall outcomes.

In conclusion, older men in India should prioritize undergoing PSA screening as part of their preventive healthcare routine. By detecting prostate cancer early and implementing appropriate interventions, individuals can protect their prostate health, reduce the risk of advanced disease, and maintain overall well-being as they age.

References:

Indian Journal of Urology. (2022). Prostate Cancer in India: A Review of Epidemiology and Management.

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