AUA New Guidelines on Prostate Cancer Screening

The American Urological Association (AUA) today issued new clinical guidance about prostate cancer screening. The guidelines were announced at the association’s annual meeting by Peter Carroll, chair of the panel that developed the Statement.  The AUA states that its guidelines directly contrast with recent recommendations issued by other major groups.

AUA advises that the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test should be offered to well-informed men aged 40 years or older who have a life expectancy of at least 10 years.

The Case for PSA Screening Starting at Age 40

When men should take their first PSA test to screen for prostate cancer is an issue that comes up constantly in discussions of mens’ health.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Care Network (NCCN) recommends men to take their first PSA test at age 40. How soon and how often to take a follow-up PSA tests would then depend on this initial level.