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Prostate screening up to men and their doctors, panel says
May 08

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CHICAGO (AP) _ Whether to get screened for prostate cancer is a question that men aged 55 to 69 should decide themselves in consultation with their doctors. That's according to finalized guidance from an influential panel of health care experts.

New evidence suggests that PSA blood tests can slightly reduce the chances of dying from the disease for some men, so those decisions may be a little easier. Though screening can sometimes lead to drastic, needless treatment, the panel says that can sometimes be avoided with close monitoring when cancer is detected.

The government-appointed U.S. Preventive Services Task Force had earlier opposed routine screening. It still says men aged 70 and up should not be screened. The new guidance published Tuesday echoes other groups' advice and affirms draft recommendations issued last year.

By The Associated Press, Copyright 2019