Both Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supplemental Insurance pay for prostate screenings (PSA) exams.Most men are encouraged to have a PSA screening test between the ages of 45 and 75.Using you Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare Supplemental Insurance plans to detect prostate cancer early is best because that is when treatment is most effective.A normal PSA test, combined with a digital rectal exam, can help to reassure you that’s its unlikely you have prostate cancer.
Why the word unlikely? Just because you have some of the best medical care in the world with eitherMedicare Advantage or a Medicare Supplemental insurance plan doesn’t mean that PSA tests are foolproof.It’s possible to have elevated PSA levels without cancer being present, and to not be elevated when cancer is present.Having the test Medicare Supplemental insurance or Medicare Advantage plans can provide you with offers a certain amount of reassurance – either that you probably don’t have prostate cancer or that you do have prostate cancer and can then have it treated.If you do need treatment, no worries!Your Medicare Advantage plan will take care of most of the expense for you.If surgery is indicated, with a Medicare Advantage plan you would only pay a small co-pay for the first five days you were in the hospital.Medicare Supplemental plan F will cover all expenses for you and you will have no out-of-pocket costs.
PSA tests can be confusing because there will always be some prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood produced by both cancerous (malignant) and noncancerous (benign) prostate tissue.PSA helps to liquefy the semen.Cancer cells will make more PSA than do benign cells which will cause the PSA levels in your blood to rise.PSA levels can also be elevated in men with enlarged or inflamed prostate glands.That’s why determining what a high PSA scorefor you may be complicated.One size doesn’t fit all. Its very important to protect yourself with the yearly free tests offered by Medicare Supplemental insurance and Medicare Advantage plans so you have a base line in which to compare PSA levels from year to year.
When the prostate gland grows significantly for any reason it will put pressure on the urethra which will cause various problems.
Some Of Those Problems Are:
• Frequent visits to the bathroom to pass urine
• Having to wake up regularly throughout the night to pass urine
• A sense of urgency in getting to the bathroom
• Hesitation before the urine begins to flow
Less Common Symptoms Are:
• Pain while passing urine
• Blood in the urine
• Erectile dysfunction
• Hip or lower back pain
One of the benefits of having a Medicare Advantage plan or Medicare Supplemental Insurance is the ability to see a physician easily and inexpensively. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please do see you doctor as soon as possible.
If you are old enough to have prostate cancer you probably are old enough to not expect to get “grades” anymore.When prostate cancer has been detected in biopsy specimens, it is given a grade between 1 and 10.This grade, or score, is known as a Gleason grade, with a score of two being the least aggressive form of the disease and a score of 10 the most aggressive cancer.The lower scores usually don’t need any treatment but any score over 7 will often be treated with either surgery or radiotherapy.Remember that Medicare Supplemental Insurance plan F will cover all out patient treatment at no cost to you if you need radiotherapy.Medicare Advantage plans, depending on the carrier, will probably have a co-pay.Please give Insurance Medics a call so that we can help you determine which plan, Medicare Supplemental insurance or Medicare Advantage plans would be just perfect for you.