PSA test and prostate cancer

The American Urological Assn. issued new guidelines on prostate cancer screening that urges men to think twice before getting a PSA test. (Adam Gault / Digital Vision)

Importantly, these guidelines do not apply to men with symptoms of prostate cancer.

“There is general agreement that early detection, including prostate-specific antigen screening, has played a part in decreasing mortality from prostate cancer,” Dr. H. Ballentine Carter, chairman of the American Urological Assn. panel that developed the guideline, said in a statement. However, he added, “it’s time to reflect on how we screen men for prostate cancer and take a more selective approach in order to maximize benefit and minimize harms.”

You can read the full guideline online here.

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