What is the best way to test for prostate cancer?

To test for prostate cancer, doctors often start with asking questions to assess medical history and physical examination. The doctors conduct this preliminary examination to know if you have any urinary or sexual problems and have prostate cancer in your family. This examination also includes a Digital Rectal Exam (DRE). In this exam, your doctor will physically examine the prostate to feel any bumps or hard areas that might be a symptom of cancer.

With this preliminary test done, your doctor can assign you a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test. A PSA test can help with providing the first signs of prostate cancer among asymptomatic men. Your doctor may conduct a core needle biopsy to confirm prostate cancer in case of high levels of PSA in the blood. A core needle biopsy is a kind of transrectal biopsy that confirms prostate cancer through transrectal ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

A urologist confirms prostate cancer through the core needle biopsy. However, in case of a negative result, your doctor can ask you to get the biopsy done again. The doctor can also ask you to get the results of the Prostate Health Index (PHI), 4Kscore test, PCA3 tests (such as Progensa), and ConfirmMDx tests to confirm prostate cancer.

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