Final Recomendation Statement Prostate Cancer: Screening from U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

In this post, I link to and excerpt from Final Recomendation Statement
Prostate Cancer: Screening. May 08, 2018 from U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

All that follows is from the above resource.

Screening for Prostate Cancer Video: USPSTF Final Recommendation

Recommendations made by the USPSTF are independent of the U.S. government. They should not be construed as an official position of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Recommendation Summary

Population Recommendation Grade
Men aged 55 to 69 years For men aged 55 to 69 years, the decision to undergo periodic prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer should be an individual one. Before deciding whether to be screened, men should have an opportunity to discuss the potential benefits and harms of screening with their clinician and to incorporate their values and preferences in the decision. Screening offers a small potential benefit of reducing the chance of death from prostate cancer in some men. However, many men will experience potential harms of screening, including false-positive results that require additional testing and possible prostate biopsy; overdiagnosis and overtreatment; and treatment complications, such as incontinence and erectile dysfunction. In determining whether this service is appropriate in individual cases, patients and clinicians should consider the balance of benefits and harms on the basis of family history, race/ethnicity, comorbid medical conditions, patient values about the benefits and harms of screening and treatment-specific outcomes, and other health needs. Clinicians should not screen men who do not express a preference for screening. C
Men 70 years and older The USPSTF recommends against PSA-based screening for prostate cancer in men 70 years and older. D

Clinician Summary

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