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Health Indicator Report of Prostate Cancer Screening

Prostate cancer is the most commonly occurring form of cancer (excluding skin cancer) among men and is the second leading cause of cancer death for men in Utah and the U.S. All men over 40 should visit their doctor for a routine health visit which may include a discussion on prostate health.

Percentage of Men Aged 40+ Who Reported Ever Having a PSA Test by Income, Utah, 2010 and 2012


Age-adjusted to the U.S. 2010 standard population. Beginning in 2009, BRFSS data include both landline and cell phone respondent data along with a new weighting methodology called iterative proportional fitting, or raking. This graph is based on the new methodology.

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health


The percentage of men aged 40 and above who reported having a prostate-specific antigen test in the last five years or who reported ever having had a prostate-specific antigen test.


The number of men aged 40 and above who reported having had a PSA test within the specified time period.


The total number of male survey respondents aged 40 or older excluding those who responded "don't know" or "refused" to the numerator question.

How Are We Doing?

In 2012, 51.4 percent of Utah men aged 40 and older reported ever receiving a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test. PSA testing rates in Utah increased significantly with age. For example, 25.1 percent of men aged 40 to 49 had ever had a PSA compared with 64.4 percent of men aged 50 to 64 (2010-2012 data). In 2010 and 2012 Hispanic/Latino men were less likely then non-Hispanic men to report ever having had a PSA test (47.0 percent compared with 57.4 percent).

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The rate of PSA tests significantly increased among the U.S. male population from 59.3 percent in 2006 to 64.2 percent in 2010. In 2010 and 2012, U.S. males aged 40 and older were less likely to have ever had a PSA test than Utah males of the same age (54.3 percent of U.S. males compared with 56.2 percent of Utah males).

What Is Being Done?

The 2000 Utah legislature approved a resolution encouraging private health insurance companies and employers to include insurance coverage for the screening and detection of breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers. The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) is exploring ways to increase the number of men ages 40 or over who make regular visits to a health care provider to receive appropriate preventive services. The UDOH has developed an electronic source of information about prostate cancer screening issues for providers and the general public. In 2004, the Utah Cancer Control Program was awarded federal funds used to launch a statewide media campaign with the goal of increasing prostate cancer awareness. Additional funds were awarded to continue the public education efforts in June 2005 and 2006. Funding was also used to co-sponsor Utah's annual urological cancer conference. In addition, the Utah Department of Health initiated the Utah Cancer Action Network (UCAN), a statewide partnership whose goal is to reduce the burden of cancer. The mission of the UCAN is to lower cancer incidence and mortality in Utah through collaborative efforts directed toward cancer prevention and control. As a result of this planning process, objectives and strategies have been developed by community partners regarding the early detection of cervical, testicular, prostate, skin, breast, and colorectal cancers as well as the promotion of physical activity, healthy eating habits, and smoking cessation.
Page Content Updated On 05/14/2014, Published on 05/28/2014
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