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Inappropriate prostate cancer screening is common among elderly US men

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 23 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1112

Many elderly men in the US are being screened inappropriately for prostate cancer, say researchers. The very old and those in poor health are unlikely to live long enough to enjoy any potential benefits from screening, whereas the harms are immediate and include anxiety, false positive tests …

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