Primary Care Physician

A primary care physician (PCP) is a physician who provides both the first contact for a person with an undiagnosed health concern as well as continuing care of varied medical conditions, not limited by cause, organ system, or diagnosis.

A man may be getting screened for prostate cancer at his annual checkup by his primary care physician. The earlier that prostate cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat and the greater the chance for a successful treatment. Unfortunately, prostate cancer usually shows no symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage. Early detection generally includes both a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal examination (DRE).

If results from the PSA test and DRE indicate the possibility of prostate cancer, the patient is referred to a urologist for a biopsy of prostate tissue to diagnose prostate cancer.

Additional Resources:

USPSTF Prostate Cancer Screening Draft Recommendation & Us TOO suggested Guidelines for PSA-Based Screening for Prostate Cancer: