Study shows poor reliability of prostate cancer test

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:249
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    The standard blood test used to screen for prostate cancer, the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test, already considered to be inaccurate, is failing to identify eight of every 10 men aged under 60 who later have prostate cancer diagnosed, a study shows.

    Between 1995 and 2001 Dr Rinaa Punglia, of Harvard Medical School, and her team examined 6691 consecutive men enrolled in a screening study at the Washington …

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