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Get a PSA Screening to Catch Prostate Cancer Early

Dr. Alan Sadah

A board-certified urologist treating patients at Metro Chicago Surgical Oncology, LLC, Dr. Alan Sadah has more than two decades of experience caring for patients. Experienced in the treatment of bladder and prostate cancer, Dr. Alan Sadah has surgical privileges at the Chicago Prostate Cancer Center, St. Alexius Medical Center, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, and other medical facilities.

As many as one in seven men will receive a prostate cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. The good news is that prostate cancer survival rates are relatively good if the cancer is detected early. In order to catch signs of prostate abnormality soon enough to successfully treat it, physicians recommend an annual prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and annual digital rectal exam (DRE), beginning at age 50 for most low-risk males, and at age 40 for African-American males.

A normal PSA level varies by age and race, but the general acceptable range is between 0 and 4. If patients have a higher PSA level than 4 or see their PSA level rise between tests, further tests are needed to diagnose possible problems.

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