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Can a man with abnormal PSA and a negative diagnostic MRI avoid a prostate biopsy? It’s debatable

June 20, 2019
  • By: Charlie Schmidt,


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David J. Littleboy
June 23, 2019

The problem with the European system is that it requires that there be good information about who is more likely to get prostate cancer. For lung cancer, screening is quite useful for smokers, and not at all useful for nonsmokers.

Is there something similar for prostate cancer? Maybe. If the recently discovered association between excessive beer drinking and prostate cancer is strong enough, a simple question could obviate the need for a lot of biopsies.

What is the author’s take on the strength of that association?

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