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PSA test does not reduce risk of death from prostate cancer

USA Today reported, “Screening men with the PSA test increases their chances of being diagnosed with prostate cancer but doesn’t reduce their overall risk of death, according to a large, long-running government study” published in the Journal of the National … Continue reading

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Task force recommends “D” rating for PSA screening for prostate cancer

TV and print media have extensively covered the US Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) decision to give a “D” rating to PSA testing. What’s this mean for men? I’ll cover this controversy in the next few blogs.

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Expert calls for an end to inappropriate use of PSA screening

Each year some 30 million American men undergo testing for prostate-specific antigen (PSA), an enzyme made by the prostate. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1994, the P.S.A. test is the most commonly used tool for detecting prostate … Continue reading

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New guidelines say physicians should educate men on risks and benefits of PSA testing

On an edition of ABC World News recently, Dr. Richard Besser reported that “there’s a big change in store” for prostate cancer screening. He went on to say, “Since 1997, the American Cancer Society (ACS) … hasn’t routinely recommended the … Continue reading

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Routine Prostate Cancer Screening May Be More Harmful Than Helpful

Most of my male patients are confused about all the recent information for and against prostate cancer screening using the PSA blood test. What’s the latest information and how should you react to it? More Information:

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An influential doctors group is backing off its call for annual prostate cancer tests

“Many men do not need yearly (prostate cancer) screening,” but each man’s risk should be individually assessed, said Dr. Peter Carroll, who led the panel that wrote the American Urological Association’s new guidelines that were issued this last Monday at … Continue reading

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Routine Prostate Cancer Screenings Don’t Significantly Prevent Deaths, Research Shows

Two large, long-awaited studies have failed to produce convincing evidence that routine prostate cancer screening significantly reduces the chances of dying from the disease without putting men at risk for potentially dangerous and unnecessary treatment. Does this information surprise you … Continue reading

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Q & A: Should men still get PSAs screenings or not?

Two eagerly awaited studies of a total of 250,000 men have raised new questions and concerns about the risks and benefits of the prostate-specific antigen test, or PSA. USA TODAY talked to experts about the studies, the test and why … Continue reading

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“The Russert Effect”: Docs Report Surge in Appointments

ABC News is reporting a phenomena that family physicians around the country are reporting to me: Tim Russert’s death Friday from sudden cardiac arrest may have hit a nerve deeper than sadness. Russert’s death may have lead some to fear … Continue reading

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