Medicare Coverage for Prostate Cancer ScreeningPosted by Medicare Made Clear
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men, after skin cancer. However, it is also very treatable when diagnosed early. The 5-year survival rate for localized prostate cancer is 100 percent.
What is the Screening Test for Prostate Cancer?
The screening test for prostate cancer is known as a PSA test. It’s a simple blood test that you can get during any doctor visit.
The PSA test measures prostate-specific antigen (PSA), which is made only by certain cells within the male prostate gland. A high PSA level could indicate prostate cancer or something else, such as an enlarged or inflamed prostate.
How Often Will Medicare Pay for a PSA Test?
Medicare Part B pays for one prostate cancer screening test each year. You pay no out-of-pocket cost for a PSA test if your doctor accepts Medicare assignment, and the Part B deductible does not apply.
Medicare Advantage plans also cover a yearly PSA test. Check with your plan for coverage details.
Talk with your doctor about prostate cancer screening. You may hear different ideas about how often men need to have a PSA test, and so it’s important for you and your doctor to decide what’s best for you.
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