• By Laurel J. Kelly

Living With Cancer: Prostate cancer screening — should you get a PSA test?

September 28, 2018

 

a close-up of a bald, friendly-looking older man in a plaid shirtProstate cancer screening 
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer screening tests, including the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test to look for signs of prostate cancer, can be a good idea. Prostate cancer screening can help identify cancer early, when treatment is most effective. And a normal PSA test, combined with a digital rectal exam, can reassure you that it's unlikely you have prostate cancer. But getting a PSA test may not be necessary for some men, especially men 70 and older. Here's what you need to know.

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Treating throat cancer
Once throat cancer is diagnosed, the next step is to determine the extent, or stage, of the cancer. Your treatment options are based on many factors, including the location and stage of your cancer, the type of cells involved, your overall health, and your personal preferences. For early-stage throat cancers, radiation therapy may be the only treatment necessary. For more advanced throat cancers, radiation therapy may be combined with chemotherapy or surgery. In very advanced throat cancers, radiation therapy may be used to reduce symptoms and make you more comfortable. Find out about the different therapies and procedures available to treat throat cancer.

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