Patients seeking prostate cancer screening in Manassas, VA can access innovative services at NOVA HIFU. Dr. Guleria is a leading urologist here at NOVA HIFU, offering prostate cancer screening along with prostate cancer treatment. Learn what to expect when getting screened for prostate cancer.
A prostate cancer screening is the best way of detecting prostate cancer. Better yet, if you are at-risk for prostate cancer, early detection may be your greatest ally in fighting this disease. When you go to get a prostate cancer screening this will include the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. You will also receive a digital rectal exam (DRE) to check for any signs of cancerous growths. These two tests are the traditional methods for screening for prostate cancer in men. We also offer several newer tools for patients with elevated PSA results. Prostate MRI and 4K tests can help to avoid unnecessary biopsies. If you are determined to have abnormal exams or a high PSA level you may be provided with a biopsy of the prostate to determine if you have prostate cancer.
During a prostate cancer screening, the first cause for alarm is a high PSA level. Therefore, a PSA test is conducted to see if you have a high amount of prostate-specific antigen in your blood. If you do, this can be a cause for alarm that indicates prostate cancer. However, it can also be elevated due to your age, race, medications you take, or a prostate infection. Dr. Guleria also performs a digital rectal exam using a gloved, lubricated finger that is inserted into the rectum. This allows your urologist to physically check for lumps, abnormalities, or an enlarged prostate.
If you are over 50, the American Cancer Society recommends you get screened once. Then, based on your initial PSA test, you can get screened every two years if you have a PSA that is less than 2.5 ng/mL. If your PSA score is higher, you will need to get an annual prostate cancer screening. For men who have less than 10 years of a life expectancy, screening is typically not required. That is because prostate cancer has a very slow growth rate. However, if you are showing signs of prostate cancer and are concerned with this condition please get a cancer screening by Dr. Guleria for your peace of mind.