Prostate Cancer Screening - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Health Professional Version)


Prostate Cancer Screening - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Health Professional Version)


This summary for health professionals provides comprehensive, peer-reviewed, evidence-based information about prostate cancer screening.

This tool addresses the following topics:

  • Summary of evidence
    • Digital rectal examination and prostate-specific antigen (PSA)
      • Benefits
      • Harms
  • Significance
    • Incidence and mortality
    • Risk factors
  • Evidence of benefit
    • Digital rectal exam
    • Transrectal ultrasound and other imaging tests
    • PSA
    • Methods to improve the performance of serum PSA measurement for the early detection of prostate cancer
    • Types of tumors detected by prostate cancer screening
    • Physician behaviors related to screening
    • Randomized prospective clinical trials of screening for prostate cancer
    • Population observations on early detection, incidence, and prostate cancer mortality
    • Simulation models
    • Providing information to the public, to patients, and to their families
  • Evidence of harms


National Cancer Institute

Funding Sources:

National Cancer Institute; National Institutes of Health


Release Date: 2005
Review Date: 2008
Recent Summary: March 2008
Original Summary: November 2005
Last Updated: 04/11/08

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