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Confused about getting a PSA test for prostate cancer? Read this: As I See It

By Dr. Scott Owens

From 2006 to 2010, prostate cancer accounted for the largest number (9,690) and the greatest percentage (25.4) of all invasive cancers diagnosed among men in Pennsylvania. Very troubling was the fact that the age-adjusted rate of prostate cancer among African-American men was 60 percent higher and the death rate was twice that of white men, with nearly one out of every six cases diagnosed at a late stage.

These data reinforce the need for health care providers, health systems and insurance carriers to reach a consensus on the value of prostate cancer testing and send a clear message to all men (particularly those with a family history or of African-American descent). The current situation is utterly confusing and stressful.

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Prostate Screening Remains A Crucial Step Despite What Task Force Says

By Dr. Scott Owens

As a practicing urologist for the last 18 years focused on treating men with prostate cancer, I was alarmed by the final recommendation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that healthy men should no longer receive prostate specific antigen testing.

Prostate cancer screenings are still key to early detection.

What is truly shocking is that this recommendation was made without a single urologist or oncologist serving on the task force. Had the task force bothered to have a specialist in the field, it might have seen the study published this spring in the New England Journal of Medicine that once again reaffirmed that prostate screening saves lives.

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