Medicare Coverage for Prostate Cancer Screening

Published by: Medicare Made Clear

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men, after skin cancer.1 However, it is also very treatable when diagnosed early. The 5-year survival rate for localized prostate cancer is 90 percent.2

 

 

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 so it’s important for you and your doctor to decide what’s best for you.

 

 

1 https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/about/key-statistics.html

 

2 https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/survival-rates.html

Shop Medicare Advantage Plans

 

Learn more about Medicare Advantage plans and shop plans in your area.

About the Author

Medicare Made Clear

 

Providing simple information and clear answers about Medicare insurance plans and choices for current and future beneficiaries, retirees, caregivers and health care providers.

Call UnitedHealthcare at {{tfn}}, TTY 711 (toll-free)

 

Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

7 days a week

Call UnitedHealthcare at {{tfnMedSupp}}, TTY 711 (toll-free)

 

Hours:

7AM to 11PM ET,

Monday – Friday

9AM to 5PM ET, Saturday

Related Topics


Eligibility & Enrollment

 

Benefits & Coverage

 

Medicare Costs

 

Shopping for Medicare

 

Working Past 65

 

Medicare Tips & FAQs

Get the Latest

 

Boost your Medicare know-how with reliable, up-to-date news and information delivered to your inbox every month.

Sign up now

Related Articles

Explore More Medicare Topics

Benefits & Coverage

Working Past 65

Medicare Costs

Medicare Tips & FAQs

Shopping for Medicare

Eligibility & Enrollment

Find a Plan

Call Us

Call UnitedHealthcare at {{tfn}}, TTY 711 (toll-free)

 

Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

7 days a week

Call UnitedHealthcare at {{tfnMedSupp}}, TTY 711 (toll-free)

 

Hours:

7AM to 11PM ET,

Monday – Friday

9AM to 5PM ET, Saturday

Meet with Us

Make an appointment with a licensed agent/producer in your area