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Screening for prostate cancer with PSA test may be worth it for Black men

Screening for prostate cancer with the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test has favorable tradeoffs, particularly for Black men, according to a new study. Previous calculations over a decade ago estimated that, at best, one death was prevented for every 23 men diagnosed with prostate cancer as a consequence of PSA screening. This suggested that …

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Jump in Metastatic Prostate Cancer after end of routine PSA screening

The incidence of metastatic prostate cancer, cancer that spread from the prostate, shot up in the United States after after an official recommendation not to routinely screen men with the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, according to a new study. The thinking was that the harms of screening all men — leading to unnecessary prostatectomies and …

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Increased PSA screening linked to 25% fewer deaths from prostate cancer in Black men

In a study that included more than 4,700 African American men diagnosed with prostate cancer, those who had an average of three PSA screening tests before their diagnosis were less likely have had the cancer spread and were less like to die of the cancer. “These results would suggest that increased PSA screening may improve …

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Older, low-income African American men less likely to be screened with PSA testing

Men who were older, low-income and African American are less likely to be screened for prostate cancer with PSA testing because they didn’t know about it, according to a review of 17 studies, says Marlo Vernon of the Medical College of Georgia. Younger men tend to be more knowledgeable about screening and want to make …

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Researchers say downplaying PSA tests is based on misintepretation of two key studies

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) does not recommend PSA testing of men. Instead, it says that whether to test should be an individual decision based on a physician-clinician discussion of the potential benefits and risks. Three researchers maintain that this stance is based on a misunderstanding of the data from two pivotal screening …

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Should Black men have first PSA test 3 to 9 years earlier than White men?

Black men are more likely to develop fast-growing prostate cancers and more likely to have the cancer spread by the time the disease would have been detected without screening than in other men. That’s the result of an analysis of government cancer data by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. That …

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