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PSA screening leads to overdiagnosis, study says

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7355.61/a (Published 13 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:61
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. Nebraska

    Routine screening for prostate cancer using the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test, is responsible for the observed increased epidemiological incidence of the disease, says a new report (Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2002;94:981-90).

    Moreover, PSA screening causes overdiagnosis rates of the disease in about 29% of white men and 44% of black men, so many of those whose cancers were diagnosed through PSA screening would likely have died of something other than prostate cancer.

    As prostate cancer treatment itself causes …

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