Prostate Health

FDA approves newer, more accurate prostate cancer screening guidelines

 

There are many things you can do to help improve the health of your prostate. You can eat right, exercise and take a natural prostate pill. Of course, most men know that another important part of prostate health is getting screened for cancer, since early detection is one of the keys to successful treatment. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new method of screening for prostate cancer that may provide more accurate readings.

This is important, considering that false-positive results happen with prostate cancer screenings and may lead to a man going through unnecessary and painful procedures. The new test is called the Prostate Health Index (phi), and combines the traditional PSA and a novel form of the precursor to PSA, called 2 pro PSA.

"The FDA approval of phi – based on the discovery of -2 pro PSA – may have reopened the door on effective screening and offers hope to patients who may need treatment for a disease they otherwise wouldn't know they had," said Kevin Slawin, M.D., founder of the Vanguard Urologic Institute.

A new, more accurate screening method may encourage more men to get themselves tested for prostate cancer, which kills nearly 30,000 American men each year, according to the National Cancer Institute.

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