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Author Topic: Prostate Cancer Screening Reduces Deaths, but Controversy Remains  (Read 2064 times)

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Should all men be screened for prostate cancer? Despite a large and growing body of evidence, this remains a vexing question. New research continues to shed more light on the benefits and risks of routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening, but experts continue to disagree about how the pluses and minuses balance out.

PSA screening can detect aggressive prostate cancer, allowing for earlier and more effective treatment. But routine testing can also diagnose slow-growing cancer in men who will likely die of other causes, and unnecessary treatment can lead to reduced quality of life. In April, an expert task force recommended that men should discuss the potential benefits and harms of screening with their provider and make decisions guided by their personal preferences.

Cancer of the prostate, a gland near the bladder that produces seminal fluid, is one of the most common cancers among men in the United States and the third-leading cause of cancer death among men, according to the American Cancer Society.



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