Men who are screening for prostate cancer with PSA and DRE (digital rectal exam) are often wondering when their PSA will go up…and if it does, what does it mean? What they may not realize is that this is also a great time to consider lifestyle changes that might help prevent prostate cancer. This can change the screening process from dreading a PSA rise, to hoping for a stable PSA, or a PSA drop. Although there is no PROOF that lifestyle changes can prevent prostate cancer, there is an overwhelming amount of EVIDENCE that it may help. And there is no proof that lifestyle changes don’t prevent prostate cancer, but there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that it can be good for overall health, including heart health. Simpy stated, in the absence of proof, we should never ignore evidence.
So, what type of lifestyle changes might help? So, what type of lifestyle changes might help? Many experts agree that a heart-healthy lifestyle (diet, exercise, supplements) is a prostate-healthy lifestyle. For these reasons, we have included information on screening and information on prevention in the same section, offering educational tools to work on both.
In addition, new tools for screening for prostate cancer (BESIDES PSA & DRE) are always being developed. This currently includes Multiparametric MRI, the 4K Score blood test, the PHI blood test, the PCA3 urine test, and the Confirm Dx pathology test. You will find information in this section (below) on all of these, and more. With new tests or technology, always ask about insurance coverage, cost, availability in your area, and what type of patient the test is for (if you are eligible).
Many men who are screening for prostate cancer are also dealing with some level of BPH (enlarged prostate) and/or prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate). Since these 2 conditions also affect PSA they are included in this section. It is important to note that urinary symptoms such as frequency, retention, getting up at night, and burning during urination, are all more common with BPH or prostatitis, than they are with prostate cancer itself.
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