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I'm PSA, Prostate Specific Antigen


Protein from the cells of the prostate gland


Circulate freely in blood


Checked once a year in elderly


Higher the man's PSA


More likely cancer present in the prostate


Acclaimed as the best tumor marker


Prevailed at the top of the ladder for four decades


Healthy men should no longer receive PSA


U.S. Preventive Service Task Force recommendation


PSA doesn't save lives


Leads to unnecessary more tests


Added morbidity, pain


Impotence, incontinence, Low quality of life


To name a few I was blamed for


317 thousand new cases diagnosed yearly


Prostate cancer claims 41 thousand deaths


Since I hit the horizon


More diagnosed early


And the cancer is treatable


Assure cure in most


Before I was born, most diagnosed late


Caused the lives of many


Don't draw a Biblical Line


PSA helps men more at risk


Young men with long life expectancy


African Americans


Men with family history, and


Those with rapidly raising PSA


Should thank PSA


Leading their lives in right direction.


-S.D. Madduri, MD


NorthWest Clinic, Poplar Bluff, MO