Older men sometimes undergo unnecessary prostate cancer tests according to study

According to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, many older men are undergoing PSA screening tests for prostate cancer that may be unnecessary and that may lead to unnecessary or ineffective treatment.  The conclusion in the study states:

Rates of PSA screening in the United States are associated with age and estimated life expectancy, but excessive PSA screening in elderly men with limited life expectancies remains a significant problem. The merits and limitations of PSA should be discussed with all patients considering prostate cancer screening.

The article can be found online at this address:  Population-Based Patterns and Predictors of Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening Among Older Men in the United States

Originally posted 2011-03-29 12:31:51.