New York prostate cancer surgeon and robotics expert, David B. Samadi, MD, joins the Today Show’s Matt Lauer and Al Roker to discuss the importance of prostate cancer screening and the PSA test. Dr. Samadi, Lauer’s long-time urologist, performs prostate exams - DREs (digital rectal exams) - on Matt and Al, demonstrating how quick and painless the test really is. In just 34 seconds Dr. Samadi can detect any irregularities in the prostate.
Dr. David Samadi stresses the importance of prostate cancer screening, stating that men over 50 years of age should get a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test on an annual basis. Men with high risk factors for prostate cancer are advised to begin annual screening at the age of 40.
Dr. Samadi, leading prostate cancer surgeon, continues to stress the importance and efficacy of prostate cancer PSA screening. Despite government health panel recommendations to the contrary, Dr. Samadi urges men to continue with annual PSA tests and discuss the results with their doctors, in conjunction with risk factor analyses. While not all elevated PSA levels indicate prostate cancer, Dr. Samadi believes the testing is invaluable in diagnosing prostate cancer. Acknowledging concerns over urinary and sexual function risks of surgery, he believes the medical community must concentrate efforts on improving surgical outcomes by bettering surgeon expertise.
DAVID B. SAMADI, M.D. Chairman of Urology, Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, and Professor of Urology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine 485 Madison Avenue, 21st floor, New York, NY 10022 Tel: 1-212-365-5000 | Fax: 1-646-692-6744