Prostate Screening Guidelines: Understanding New Recommendations

Eric C. Darby, MD, FACS Board-Certified Urologist, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the United States (not including skin cancer) and the second-leading cause of cancer death among men. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently released new screening guidelines for prostate cancer, discouraging physicians from routine use of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. The controversial recommendation received a lot of media attention. Bon Secours, the American Cancer Society and other organizations recommend that men discuss the benefits and risks of screening and treatment with their physicians to make an informed decision that is right for them.

Ages to consider prostate cancer screening:

  • 50, for those with average risk
  • 45, for those with a close family member who was diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65
  • 40, for African American men, and those with higher risk such as having a father, brother or son diagnosed with the disease at an early age

For more information about prostate cancer or to make an appointment with a physician, please call 757-889-CARE (2273) or visit

About Eric C. Darby
Eric C. Darby, MD, FACS received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Washington University and earned his Doctor of Medicine at New York Medical College. He completed a residency in General Surgery and a residency in Urologic Surgery at New York Medical College’s Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Darby is board certified in Urology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has been practicing in Newport News since 1998. Dr. Darby is currently Chief of Staff at Mary Immaculate Hospital.

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