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Should I continue to get regular PSA testing after age 70?
- By Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
Q. I am 73. My brother had prostate cancer. My PSA tests in the past were normal, and I stopped doing them after I reached age 70. Should I restart screening?
A. There is no right or wrong answer. You and your doctor have followed the 2018 guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
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Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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