Panel Rejects Prostate Test for Healthy Men

October 7, 2011

New York Times News Service

Healthy men should no longer receive a PSA blood test to screen for prostate cancer because the test does not save lives over all and often leads to more tests and treatments that needlessly cause pain, impotence, and incontinence in many, a key government health panel concluded.

The recommendation, by the United States Preventive Services Task Force and due for official release early next week, is based on the results of five well-controlled clinical trials and could substantially change the care given to men 50 and older. There are 44 million such men in the United States, and 33 million of them have already had a PSA test... Read More

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