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More accurate test may replace PSA

An experimental blood test detects prostate cancer so accurately that it may supplant prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels as a screening tool. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore discovered an early prostate cancer antigen (EPCA-2) that functions as a biomarker. In a sample of 330 men, EPCA-2 levels were positive in 94% of those who…
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Antibiotics before prostate biopsy questioned

New findings raise questions about the practice of prescribing antibiotics to men prior to prostate biopsy if they have newly elevated PSA levels and a normal digital rectal examination.
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USPSTF recommends against PSA-based screening

Based on the evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force gave a grade D recommendation against PSA-based screening for men in the general U.S. population, regardless of age.
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FDA approves new test for prostate cancer

The Prostate Health Index is a non-invasive blood test that is 2.5-times more specific in detecting prostate cancer than prostate-specific antigen in patients with PSA values in the 4-10 ng/mL range.
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Baldness drug throws off PSA

As little as 1 mg/day of finasteride can seriously distort results of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, a study shows. That’s the dosage of Propecia used by more than 4 million men to treat male-pattern baldness, and shown by the study to lower serum PSA concentrations by as much as half. Finasteride is also sold as…
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Statins may reduce prostate cancer risk

Statins lower prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels and appear to reduce the risk of prostate cancer itself, according to data from two trials presented at the American Urological Association meeting in Anaheim, Calif., in May. A team of urologists at Duke University studied 1,214 men (mean age 60 years) prescribed a statin between 1990 and 2006…
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