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New study shows advanced cases of prostate cancer rising

June 14, 2018

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In 2012, a federal advisory committee discouraged the routine use of prostate-specific antigen (PSA tests) to screen all men for prostate cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said the harms of aggressively treating some early-stage malignancies detected using the PSA test outweighed any benefit.  However, a recent study showed that after falling for two decades, the death rate for prostate cancer has stopped decreasing, and the incidence of advanced disease is rising. Critics of the 2012 recommendation blamed it for the rise in advanced prostate cancer cases, saying doctors had missed opportunities to focus on the disease at an early stage.  For example, Eleni Efstathiou, an oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston who disagreed with the original recommendation against PSA tests, said the new data was “no surprise”  and that she believed “the fact that we loosened up on screening led to more advanced disease upon diagnosis.”

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Source & to read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/after-long-decline-death-rates-from-prostate-cancer-stop-falling

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