Best Tests for Prostate Cancer Detection in 2016: Latest Innovations in Testing and Screening for Prostate Cancer
Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a board-certified urologist who is experienced in treating men with prostate cancer. He has published articles in major urology journals about PSA testing and screening. He is available for consultations for men in NYC with abnormal or elevated PSA levels. He also treats men with all stages of prostate cancer including men with PSA recurrence after prostate cancer treatment(surgery, radiation, HIFU, cryotherapy, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, etc).
Why Test for Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer affects 1 in 7 men. Certain men are at higher risk for prostate cancer because of their family history (prostate cancer in brothers, father); breast cancer and ovarian cancer in mothers and sisters can also put men at increased risk for prostate cancer.
It is important that all men over age 40 who have symptoms that can be caused by prostate cancer are tested for prostate cancer. These symptoms can be caused by many other conditions but it is important to test for prostate cancer in order not to miss it.
The following symptoms can be caused by prostate cancer and men with these symptoms should be tested:
- Blood in urine
- Back and pelvic pain
- Difficulty with urination
- Frequent urination
- Slow urine stream
- Waking up at night to urinate
- A feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
What is the Best Test for Prostate Cancer
In the past, digital rectal exam (DRE) in combination with PSA (prostate specific antigen) was the recommended tests for prostate cancer.
In 2016, while PSA can still be used as a test for prostate cancer, newer tests that provide better information became available. As of 2016, Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger recommends that men with symptoms suggestive of prostate cancer consider more specific tests that include the 4KScore test that includes genetic profile and PHI test.
Screening for Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is fairly common. Early detection of aggressive prostate cancer may allow timely treatment and can prevent the metastatic spread of cancer cells and death. Many men, especially those at high risk, choose to get screening for prostate cancer. It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of screening for prostate cancer with a urologist to make sure that screening is the right decision for you.
If you decide to get screening for prostate cancer, it is important to decide whether you should have a traditional PSA test or improved modern tests for prostate cancer such as 4Kscore test or PHI (prostate health index).
New York Urology Specialists, under the leadership of Dr. Alex Shteynshyuger, is the first practice in New York City and one of the first in the world to offer 4KScore and PHI test to their patients beginning in 2014.
We see patients from all parts of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island), Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey as well as other parts of the USA. We also see international patients from Canada, Japan, South America, Russia, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and other parts of the world.