Annual prostate tests not necessary?

CHICAGO The influential doctors group is backing off earlier recommendations for annual screening tests.

"Many men do not need yearly screening, but each man's risk should be individually assessed," said Dr. Peter Carroll, Urologist, /*University of California at San Francisco*/. Dr. Carroll helped write the new guidelines, which were released Monday at an /*American Urological Association*/ conference in Chicago.

The new recommendations brings the AUA more in line with advice from other doctors who say annual screenings do little to prevent deaths from /*prostate cancer*/. They say the annual tests lead to unnecessary biopsies and treatment with little proof that they save lives.

The AUA is strongly in favor of PSA testing in men 40 and older. But, they say patients should be screened regularly based on their individual risks. Other groups do not support testing in men over age 75, saying PSA screening leads to unnecessary concerns for a cancer.

For more information you may go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site for a prostate cancer screening guide.

The Mayo Clinic also has information on whether you should get a PSA test.


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