I have several friends who have prostate cancer. I am concerned about the new guidelines that suggest a routine PSA test is no longer necessary. My New York doctor is refusing to do the test. What if I have cancer and he misses it?


A: New guidelines suggested by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force propose that a PSA test is no longer necessary in healthy men who are not suspected of having prostate cancer. However, PSA tests are still recommended for men who may have the disease.

Thus, if your doctor has any reason to suspect that you might have prostate cancer, such as:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Leg swelling
  • Pelvic area discomfort
  • Bone pain
then your doctor may need to order a PSA test. The recommendations do not allow doctors to ignore symptoms of prostate cancer. In fact, just the opposite is true. New York doctors may be liable for the failure to diagnose prostate cancer just as they were prior to the task force's new guideline.

If you have been hurt by a doctor's prostate cancer misdiagnosis, please call an experienced New York medical malpractice attorney today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 for a free consultation. Our New York medical malpractice lawyers will work hard for your just recovery.