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Panel’s Recommendations Re-Ignite Debate Over PSA Tests

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By Dr. Brian McDonough

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The debate continues over PSA testing for prostate cancer.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force or the USPSTF is more or less the Gospel when it comes to recommendations or studies and lab tests.

According to their new release, they believe the PSA or “Prostate Specific Antigen” test is not necessarily a good screening tool.  And they do not recommend it for all. They say strong evidence shows PSA screening is associated with significant potential harm, including problems associated with incontinence, erectile dysfunction and bowel difficulties.

There are those who oppose this and they believe it can pick up prostate cancer early and make a difference. This is something doctors and their patients need to discuss talking about the pros and cons.

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