Prostate cancer screening guidelines updated

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Are you concerned about prostate cancer?  The USPSTF (The United States Preventive Services Task Force) has updated their recommendation on screening for prostate cancer.

Men aged 55 to 69 years should talk to their physician about the potential benefits and harms of getting a blood test called PSA, prostate-specific antigen.  The benefits are that if the lab is abnormal, that cancer may be found.  The harms are that the lab may be abnormal, and the patient may undergo painful prostatic biopsies and or tumor resection with resultant incontinence and impotence.

The patient can help the physician decide whether the patient needs this laboratory test.

The USPSTF recommends AGAINST PSA-based screening for prostate cancer in men 70 years and older.

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