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Report: Medical Group Expected To Recommend Against Prostate Cancer Screening

Staff Reporters |
October 6, 2011 | 2:03 p.m. PDT

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force sparked controversy when it announced in 2009 that women in their 40s did not need to have mammograms. Now, the same group is reportedly going to recommend that men do not need to undergo screening for prostate cancer, CNN is reporting.

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The task force is set to recommend a "D" rating for prostate specific antigen, or PSA, testing. Such a rating means "there is moderate or high certainty that the service has no net benefit or that the harms outweigh the benefits," according to the group's website. The task force is set to propose this recommendation Tuesday, and then allow for a comment period before issuing a final recommendation.

According to a draft copy of a report scheduled to be released Monday, a review of studies shows screening with the PSA blood test results in "small or no reduction" in prostate cancer deaths.

The PSA test can help determine if a man has prostate cancer.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force also issued new Pap test guidelines for women in 2009.



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