Urology

| Posted On Dec 12, 2017 | By:

A PSA on the PSA

I’d last posted on this subject about a year and a half ago, in the summer of 2016.  Since then, there have been a few small changes in the world of prostate cancer screening and the PSA test that I thought I should update you about.

At that point in time, there were seven major medical associations who had published opinions on PSA testing:

  • Four groups – the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF,
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| Posted On Jun 07, 2016 | By:

What is PSA and should I have it tested?

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer diagnosed in men in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one in six men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime, over 220,000 new cases are diagnosed annually, and it kills more men each year than any malignancy other than lung cancer.  It’s therefore understandable that many men would be interested in screening for prostate cancer.

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| Posted On Mar 16, 2015 | By:

The PSA blood test for prostate cancer: When men need it—and when they don’t

For years, doctors have used a PSA blood test to screen men for prostate cancer. The test measures a protein made by the prostate gland, called a prostate-specific antigen (PSA).

But the PSA test can do more harm than good. Here’s why:

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| Posted On Feb 26, 2015 | By:

Common Questions About Vasectomy

Dr. Michael C. Lee, a Harvard Vanguard urologist who practices at our Kenmore and Chestnut Hill/West Roxbury locations, answers common questions men and couples ask him about having a vasectomy.

What is a vasectomy?

Vasectomy is a simple, safe surgical procedure for male sterilization and/or a method of permanent birth control. The procedure, which only takes about 15 minutes,

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