The American College of Physicians has made a bold conclusion: Most middle-aged men do not need to be screened for prostate cancer.
The new recommendations issued by that group say men between the ages of 50 and 69 should talk to their doctors about the potential benefits and risks of PSA testing before undergoing the procedure. The group says most prostate cancers are not life threatening, but unnecessary testing and treatments can cause incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and other side effects.
The new statement recommends PSA testing only on middle-aged men who are at high risk, especially if there is a family history of the disease.
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