Screening for prostate cancer

The controversy over screening for prostate cancer will continue.

clipped from www.medscape.com

Information is not adequate to recommend screening men for prostate cancer with digital rectal examination or measurement of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), according to a position statement by the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) published in the February issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The American Urological Association recommends that men who are 50 years and older and who have an estimated life expectancy of more than 10 years should be offered PSA screening. The American Cancer Society recommends that men who are 50 years and older and who have a life expectancy of more than 10 years should be offered both DRE and PSA screening. The United States Preventive Services Task Force and American Academy of Family Physicians do not find sufficient evidence to recommend for or against PSA or DRE screening. The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommends against routine screening with PSA.

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