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KDKA-TV: Test for prostate cancer leads to over-diagnosis?

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

 Is a test that finds the most cancers the best?

Not if the test leads to more diagnoses followed by unnecessary treatment.

It's part of what makes the PSA test, or Prostate Specific Antigen test, not exactly simple.

This screening blood test can indicate the need to look for prostate cancer.

"The most general recommendations for PSA screening is that it be offered with a full explanation to men between the ages of 50 and 70, or 50 and 75," says Dr. Ralph Miller, a urologist at Allegheny General Hospital.

While live-saving for many, a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute raises the issue of over-diagnosis.

"There have been very good, strong, valid arguments put forth on both sides of the equation, arguments in favor of early screening for prostate cancer and arguments against early screening for prostate cancer," continues Dr. Miller..

Researchers looked at 20 years of PSA and U.S. Census information.
 

To read more, visit the KDKA-TV web site.

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