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False positive PSA is associated with increased worry

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:0-f

Question Do men who receive a false positive prostate specific antigen (PSA) test result worry more about prostate cancer than men who receive a negative result?

Synopsis For this prospective cohort study, the investigators identified 167 men from a group of consecutive men who had negative results of biopsy after a suspicious PSA test—a false positive PSA result. For comparison, they also identified 233 men who had a normal PSA result. The men were mailed a brief questionnaire about six weeks after they received their results. Overall, …

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