A major medical group that has historically supported PSA testing for prostate cancer has changed its position.
The American Urological Association now says men younger than 55 do not need the PSA blood test to screen for prostate cancer, and that older men up to age 70 should simply consult with their doctors about the risks versus benefits of the PSA.
Studies have suggested the screening test may prevent one death from prostate cancer for every thousand men screened over a decade. Experts say prostate tumors usually grow slowly and treating them can lead to incontinence or impotence. So, the association has decided men who are high risk for prostate cancer may be better candidates for the screening test than the general male population.
Those risk factors include being African American and having a strong family history of the disease.
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