New prostate screening recommendations


While the improved recommendation will have a positive impact for men under 70, MHN believes that men of all age groups should speak to their healthcare provider about prostate cancer screenings.

According to results of clinical studies, prostate cancer screening with the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test could prevent approximately 1.3 deaths from prostate cancer over 13 years per 1,000 men screened. Six years ago, the U.S....

The recommendation released today by the USPSTF signifies a shift in guidance aligning with recent data in support of PSA screening. This was based on grade D evidence suggesting that the harms of testing outweigh the benefits. The organization has been a steadfast proponent of screening for early detection that is not exclusively limited to the PSA test and provides education on other screening methods, genomic testing and prostate cancer biomarkers that help individualize patient care and treatment choices.

The risks of screening: Elevated PSA levels don't always signal cancer but they require a biopsy to be sure, which carries the risk of infection. The PCEC is dedicated to saving lives through awareness and the education of men, the women in their lives and the medical community about prostate cancer prevalence, the importance of early detection and available treatment options, as well as other men's health issues. In 2012, the panel was against routine prostate screenings due to the risks.

"Men with a family history of prostate cancer, who are West African or Caribbean ancestry, or who have an inherited gene mutation that predisposes them to prostate cancer, should be told that the recommendations do not fully apply to them, and they definitely should talk to their doctor about prostate cancer screening if they aren't already having it done", they said in an email.

MHN is concerned about the "D" rating for men aged 70 and above. Older men are also more vulnerable than young men.

"It's an very bad lot to think about", said Munger, adding that he has these complicated conversations with patients every day.