What should men know about prostate cancer screening? Ask the St. Elizabeth Expert: What should men know about prostate cancer screening? CINCINNATI (WKRC) - There are new recommendations out on Tuesday in cancer screening for men. These new recommendations have been put out for public comment, meaning right now they are in draft stages and you can submit your thoughts on them before final approval. Cancer specialists at St. Elizabeth Healthcare explain what men might need to know more about for an important discussion about prostate cancer and health. For decades, the test used for early detection of prostate cancer has been the “PSA.” “PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen, it's a protein that's in the blood that can be checked by a blood test,” said Dr. Pratish Shah. Dr. Pratish Shah is a cancer specialist who says the new recommendations just released for public comment from the US Preventative Services Task Force suggest a more individualized approach to this screening. What makes these recommendations unique, however, is not just what they recommend, it's who they are recommending it for, now looking at younger men and the risk for prostate cancer. “Screening recommendation can start at a younger age, mid 50, 55. 45 and it sort of depends on each patient’s situation and family history,” said Dr. Shah. The task force encouraged men 55 to 69 to make individualized decisions about prostate cancer screening with their clinician and recommends against screening men age 70 years and older. Dr. Shah says it's important for men to weigh benefits and risks, but also to note that since regular screening for prostate cancer began… “Over the past 20 to 30 years we've been able to find these years, earlier and earlier and most commonly it's before we could even feel a problem,” said Dr. Shah.