Prostate Cancer: Is The Blood Test Worth It?

Shortly before financier Michael Milken was released from prison in early 1993, he had a thorough physical exam and was pronounced healthy. But Milken, 46, had lost a friend to prostate cancer. So he asked the doctor to perform a blood test he had heard about which measures PSA, or prostate specific antigen. His internist didn't recommend the test for a man so young, but Milken insisted. When the test showed Milken had very elevated PSA levels, he consulted a urologist, who found Milken had an aggressively growing cancer.

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