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Feb 27, 2012

A 56-Year-Old Physician Who Underwent a PSA Test

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Hollings Cancer Center, Charleston, South Carolina, and South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Charleston and Columbia.

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(4):311. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.2246

Six years ago, after celebrating my 50th birthday, I chose to begin an annual ritual of having my prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level checked. I have been a practicing academic oncologist with a clinical practice that is devoted exclusively to prostate cancer for 25 years. I also have a PhD in health policy. My dissertation found that older men who are diagnosed as having prostate cancer are less likely to have complete staging evaluations and are also less likely to undergo a prostatectomy or radiation therapy as treatment.

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