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USPSTF recommendations on PSA screening

03.12.2013 | Urology Health News & Updates

The United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against PSA testing for all men despite evidence by Urology, Medical and Oncology organizations that early detection can indeed save lives.  This has created significant controversy in the medical field with many primary care physicians not offering to their patients the choice of being screened for prostate cancer.  Patients are also confused by conflicting recommendations that are portrayed in the media.  The three trials used by the USPSTF to come up with their recommendations contain numerous flaws that have been well documented.  Current evidence by several large population based studies have indeed shown that early and aggressive screening for prostate cancer can lead to earlier detection and a reduction in the death rate from prostate cancer.  At Urological Associates, we believe that every man should be given the opportunity to be screened for prostate cancer and make an educated decision regarding their health.  We welcome the opportunity to have a meaningful discussion with each patient and their families regarding the PSA test, including the risks and benefits of screening as well as subsequent treatment.