Oct 05, 2016
By Jane Brown
Ben Stiller says he owes his life to a test to detect prostate cancer. And because of that, the American actor is in favour of men getting PSA tests as early as possible.
Stiller says he was diagnosed two years ago, after taking a PSA test when he was 46. Read his full story here. The American Cancer Society doesn’t recommend men take the test until after 50. But Stiller says getting the test early helped save his life.
The test looks for an antigen that indicates prostate cancer is possible. Many experts say the test can be imprecise and that means many men get treated unnecessarily for non-life-threatening cancers.
Here in Ontario, PSA testing is paid for by OHIP if a doctor suspects prostate cancer and refers a patient for testing, for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and are receiving treatment, or if a patient is being monitored after treatment for prostate cancer.
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