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PSA blood test for prostate cancer doesn’t save lives
Posted By Marc B. Garnick, M.D. On April 7, 2011 @ 2:24 pm In Cancer,Health,Men's Health,Prostate Health,Sexual Conditions | Comments Disabled
For decades, men have been encouraged to undergo routine checkups to detect prostate cancer in its earliest stage. This usually includes the test for prostate-specific antigen (PSA). The amount of this protein in the bloodstream climbs when a tumor begins growing in the prostate gland.
In theory, detecting a prostate tumor early should save lives. But the longest-running trial to date shows that checking PSA levels in seemingly healthy men does little to cut a man’s chances of dying of the disease.
You can read my full report on this new study at the Harvard Prostate Knowledge Web site.
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