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New study once again casts doubt on PSA screening

By: Charlie Schmidt, Editor, Harvard Medical School Annual Report on Prostate Disease To screen or not to screen for prostate cancer? This remains an important question. Screening relies on a highly imperfect measure, the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, which is prone to false-positive results. And with mounting evidence that survival benefits from screening pale in comparison with the harms from overtreatment particularly incontinence and impotence the pendulum has steadily swung…

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