On Twitter, Liz Szabo of USA Today asks, “Is this the end of the PSA?” She was referring to new clinical guidelines released by the American Urological Association.
“In a major break from the past, a leading medical group is advising men to think carefully before getting getting screened for prostate cancer.
The American Urological Association, which has staunchly defended the PSA screening test in recent years, says healthy men under 55 don’t need routine annual screening. And men ages 55 to 69 who are considering the PSA should consult their doctors about the test’s benefits and risks, according to a new policy announced Friday. Until now, the group had advised healthy men ages 40 and up to ask their doctors about the PSA.
Authors of the new guidelines “learned very quickly that there really was no high-level evidence supporting the use of screening with PSA,” says urologist H. Ballentine Carter, who chaired the panel that wrote the new guidelines.”
The story goes on to include quoted experts calling it “a big change” and “a radical change but a welcome one.”
Here are links to other news coverage.
One year ago, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended against PSA-based screening for prostate cancer. That announcement drew some angry reactions from some. One wonders if the same vitriol will be leveled against the American Urological Association. While the recommendations of the two groups are still different, they overlap more now than perhaps ever before.
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