Diagnostic and Evaluation Procedures

Diagnostic and Evaluation Procedures

Procedures used to screen for prostate cancer or evaluate possible prostate problems

In addition to regular physical examinations that include blood, urine, and possibly other laboratory tests, many groups, such as the American Cancer Society, suggest talking with your doctor to learn more about the pros and cons of screening for prostate cancer to help you decide if it is right for you. Other expert groups have different recommendations. For example, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends against prostate cancer screening, because the task force believes the benefit does not outweigh the harm. The tests used for screening include:

What are some other prostate cancer evaluation procedures?

If the DRE or PSA is unusual, your health care provider may repeat the tests or request an ultrasound and other procedures. These evaluation tools may include:

The diagnosis of cancer is confirmed only by a biopsy.

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