Prostate cancer screening reduces deaths

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 30 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1625
  1. Fred B Charatan
  1. Florida

    Routine screening for prostate cancer would significantly reduce mortality, according to the first large scale randomised trial.

    Professor Fernand Labrie from Laval University in Quebec presented the trial's results at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Los Angeles last week. More than 46000 men aged between 45 and 80 years were randomly allocated to be screened or to receive no screening (standard medical practice). Men were invited by letter for screening.

    At the first visit all the men in the screening group …

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