If you are like the rest of us you need to be aware of what’s going on inside your body. You really must be more health conscious and take an active role in your own well being.
Take the example of the alarming rise in prostrate cancer statistics. The incident rate for prostate cancer in the United States rose dramatically in the late 1980’s, when screening with the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test came into wide use. PSA testing was almost universally adopted because it was so successful in better identifying symptoms of the disease.
The increase in the number of cases defined was of course, a result of the new testing protocol. However, since the early 1990’s, because of the effectivness of PSA testing the incidence rate for prostate cancer has been in decline. Importantly, mortality rates for prostate cancer also have declined.
It is a sad fact but as many as one out of six men will get Prostrate Cancer at some point in their lives.
Knowing the warning signs and symptoms can help you in early detection: elevated readings of PSA should be carefully noted and investigated.
Normal prostate cells and prostate cancer cells make prostate-specific antigens even if they are outside the prostate. A Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) does not always reveal any abnormalities, even while your PSA is elevated. But sometimes the opposite can be true and PSA is normal, while the DRE is abnormal.
For this reason, it is recommended that the PSA blood test be used in combination with the DRE test for a better chance of early detection.