PSA Test: US Task Force Recommends Men to Forgo Prostate Test

By on Oct 9, 2011 in Health, Science, United States Comments

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The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that healthy men forgo the P.S.A. (Prostate Specific Antigen) screening test for prostate cancer; several health news reported on October 6 and 7.


“The USPSTF is an independent panel of non-Federal experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine and is composed of primary care providers.”

According to the recommendations cited at the USPSTF’s website:

“The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of prostate cancer screening in men younger than 75 years.”

The USPSTF recommends against the “screening for prostate cancer in men age 75 years or older.”

Further information stated prostate cancer is the leading nonskin cancer in American males. The P.S. A. test has been accepted previously as an essential screening test for prostate cancer, and not pancreatic cancer.

Recent findings of the panel; however, has caused mixed reactions from the health sector. Doctors have now to inform the patient about the benefits and danger of having the test, especially if the person is an apparently normal man below the age of 75.

Prostate cancer in younger men, reportedly, is rare and this condition usually occurs at age 60, with mortality increasing at age 75 and above. The progress is more often slow, so this should be considered when doctors and patient decide the course of action. This leaves the decision on the patient, with the help of his doctor.

Dr. Donald F. Calbreath stated in his book that:

The early diagnosis of prostatic cancer at stage I is critical to successful treatment without resorting to surgery.” Successful treatment would be reduced as the condition reaches stage II.

The USPSTF stated further in its website that it would be accepting comments through email about the PSA test 2011 draft recommendation statement starting Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

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