Cancer society eases on prostate screening


March 4, 2010

The Philadelphia Inquirer

ATLANTA - The American Cancer Society is urging doctors to make clearer to men that the test used to screen for prostate cancer has limits and might lead to unnecessary treatments that do more harm than good.

The cancer society has not recommended routine screening for most men since the mid-1990s, and that is not changing. But its new advice goes further to warn of the limitations of the PSA blood test that millions of American men get. It also says digital rectal exams should be an option rather than part of a standard screening... read more