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US doctors urge a more cautious approach to screening for prostate cancer

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1293 (Published 04 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1293
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington DC

    The American Cancer Society is urging a more cautious approach to screening for prostate cancer and asking men to make an informed decision about whether to have their level of prostate specific antigen measured. The revised guidelines, released on 3 March, are part of a periodic review of all guidelines.

    The society’s new guidance stresses that men should weigh up “the uncertainties, risks and potential benefits of screening for prostate cancer before deciding whether to be tested.”

    Men at average risk should receive information around the age 50 years. Those at higher risk, with a father or brother diagnosed with prostate cancer before they are 65, should receive the …

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