WHAT CAN YOU DO
It’s a simple test. It’s free. All you have to do is ask. The test is called – PSA blood test. During your annual exam, ask the doctor to conduct this test.
Military regulations do not mandate this simple blood test until the age of 50 for those without a family history of the disease and at the age of 40 for those who do have a family history.
What you can expect?
The prostate cancer screening test itself, Dr. Posadas said, is relatively quick and simple; it consists of a blood test that measures your prostate-specific antigen.
“Honestly, it takes less than 30 seconds to get it done,” Dr. Posadas said. It’s relatively painless. I’m not saying it’s comfortable. But at the same time, the amount of information that can be gained from that is tremendous, and it can be a life and death type decision that is made.”
Your doctor will notify you when the results come in as they do with any other test.
How often should you be tested?
Early detection saves lives at all stages of this survivable disease.