15 Dec #PSA testing for ‘elderly’ men is controversial? By 2023 in our ageing population he will be considered middle aged!
Why is it controversial to do a PSA test on ‘elderly’ men (I assume they mean a 70 y.o. man).
It is controversial because these men should have been monitored from the age of 40 using the PSA blood test. If a mans initial PSA test is at 70 y.o. of course its controversial and probably an over reaction to symptoms.
And then maybe if their PSA was stable there would be a point when the test could be done less frequently say every 2 or 3 years.
But a 70 y.o. man is not necessarily an elderly man in fact by 2023 he will be considered to be a middle aged man if the statistics of our ageing population are proved correct.
By 2023 we will need our 70 y.o. men to be part of our working population and they will only be able to work effectively if they are healthy so what better reason to give our men a PSA test from the age of 40.
The frequency of the PSA test (until a better test is available) should be determined by evaluating the test results which is less of a risk than the one chosen for men currently.