For many types of cancer, regular screenings assist doctors in detecting the disease at an early stage. However, the medical community has no singular, unanimous opinion regarding the benefits of regular prostate cancer screening. Those who believe in conducting such screening feel that detecting and treating prostate cancer early gives men a much better chance at fighting the disease.
Screening includes lab tests measuring the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood. Another detection method is a digital rectal exam (DRE) performed by physicians during routine physicals.