Thursday, May 24, 2012

No PSA for healthy men

Healthy men shouldn't get routine prostate cancer screenings, says updated advice from a government panel that found the PSA blood tests do more harm than good. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final guideline says there's little if any evidence that PSA testing saves lives - while too many men suffer impotence, incontinence, heart attacks, occasionally even death from treatment of tiny tumors that never would have killed them.

Bonnie: I feel horrible for the men, some of whom came through this office, who went through unnecessary procedures, many of which lead to awful quality of life or worse.

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