Preventive Care

Men Older Than 50

What is a PSA test and why do I need it?

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland. A doctor takes a blood sample to measure the level of PSA in the blood. It is normal for men to have a low level of PSA in their blood. However, prostate cancer can increase a man’s PSA level. A PSA test along with a prostate exam helps detect prostate cancer in men 50 years of age or older who have no symptoms of the disease.

Why do I need to get a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is a procedure used to see inside the colon and rectum. A colonoscopy, which can detect inflamed tissue, ulcers and abnormal growths, looks for early signs of colorectal cancer.

Additional Resources

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