Prostate Cancer Screening For Middle-Age Men Recommended By a New Study

May 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

Still on the issue of screening for prostate cancer, a new study has reiterated the need to screen or test middle aged men for prostate cancer. The reason for this advice is based on the fact that this habit goes a long way to reduce death rate among this group of people.

This report on the study was published in a Canadian Medical Association Journal and was written by medical researchers from the Erasmus University Medical Center. Here are details of an online publication relating the advice by this new study:

Lab tests for prostate cancer are generally recommended for older men, but many experts say that younger individuals have less to gain. However, a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests that testing may be important for men in their 50s and older.

The position is in direct opposition to recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which said in 2008 that PSA testing is not appropriate except for seniors and those at high risk due to family history.

The Erasmus University Medical Center researchers who wrote the report said that there have been numerous indicating that prostate cancer testing reduces death rates among men between the ages of 55 and 65. This may not necessarily indicate that all men between these ages should be screened, but the researchers said doctors should identify those at high risk and test them.

“Rather than abandoning a screening test that reduces death and suffering, efforts should be focused on selecting patients more carefully,” the authors wrote in their report. “Screening should be encouraged for healthy younger men and men with risk factors.” Source.

So, as this new research advocates for prostate cancer screening in men, it definitely contradicts the directives of the US Preventive Services Task Force. There should be a balancing act on the two directives when testing for the scourge of prostate cancer is concerned.

At least, those with the highest risk factors should be screened whether they are young men or old men. Despite all concerns, the importance of testing for this cancer that is now affecting one in six men cannot be over emphasized. The study above is another that supports the need for testing of prostate cancer, and so a compromise is needed.

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