I didn't check any boxes, because none of the suggested responses really reflects my situation.
My internal medicine PCP started including the PSA test in my blood workup when I turned 50. He always did a lipid panel (which eventually disclosed other conditions, including high cholesterol and high blood sugar......and no, there was no extensive education on the ups or down of any of this). PSA wasn't included, as I've said, until I turned 50.
It was clear to me all along that the purpose of the test was to look for irregularities in the prostate, which might include infection, enlargement, or even cancer.
Yet, in spite of being married to a very knowledgeable R. N., I watched my number creep up into the upper-two range, then over 3, over 4, over 5, and finally over 6, at which point I finally followed his advice and made an appointment with a urologist.
Like a lot of men, I behaved very stupidly, and it's only through luck and God's grace that the cancer was found to be contained, and the surgery seems to have been a success.
What would be my situation if I didn't have annual physicals, if my doctor didn't insist on the PSA test, if I were the kind of guy who avoided the doctor? Guess I don't like to think about that.
And so, for a variety of reasons, I think the PSA test, which is as good as we have at the current time, needs greater visibility and accessibility, not less. so that other men who are stubborn like me might get tested, and that just might move them toward an appropriate treatment.