Prostate Tests Unnecessary After All: Urologists
American Urological Association changes its tune on PSA screening
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 3, 2013 11:44 AM CDT
A doctor performs prostate surgery in this file photo.   (AP Photo/University of Chicago Medical Center, Bruce Powell)

(Newser) – The American Urological Association did a pretty drastic about-face today, saying that it no longer recommends routine prostate cancer blood screenings for men under 55, and that men aged 55 to 69 should consult their doctors about the risks before undergoing a test. Until now, the group had been a major defender of routine PSA tests for men older than 40, even as other groups soured on them, USA Today reports.

The authors tasked with revamping the group's guidelines "learned very quickly that there really was no high-level evidence supporting the use of screening with PSA," the panel's chair says. The tests come with treatments that can cause incontinence and impotence, but research suggests they only prevent about one death for every thousand tests. But some doctors and patients may not be ready to ditch the test. "The public is very enthusiastic about screening," the chair says, "partly because of our messaging."

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NorCalHal
May 6, 2013 10:23 AM CDT
I'm afraid under the "AFFORDABLE Care Act", notice the first word in the bill, that a lot of tests and procedures doctors now do will suddenly be determined to be of little value and will no longer be paid for.
Mattsky
May 5, 2013 1:38 AM CDT
My brother had prostate cancer. A PSA test picked it up when he was in his late 40s. I'm glad he didn't have wait till he was 55 to be tested. I'm in my 40s and I get tested every year.
Chatsworth
May 4, 2013 7:11 AM CDT
I would think this article is mostly bullcrap.I'm sure if a guy had a bad PSA blood level, they'd give him further tests before doing any kind of surgery or radioactive implant.