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Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed form of the disease in men. For this reason, experts are urging individuals, particularly those who are at a high risk due to family history, to seek PSA testing and other screening measures to be sure that they are tumor free.
Due to the fact that prostate cancer is a very slow progressing form of the disease, many men do not realize that they have it until it has reached an advanced stage. It provides few warning signs when it is still in its early phases. This is why regular PSA testing is important, because if it is not diagnosed until it advances, it could be too late.
Dr. Robert Schroeder, who practices at Rapides Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana, told the Town Talk that prostate cancer testing spotted a tumor on his prostate. It was early enough in its progression that it was able to be treated.
For these reasons, the National Cancer Institute says that PSA testing is a valuable tool in the early detection of prostate cancer and men should talk to their doctors about making it a regular part of their physical checkups.
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