reports Ruth B. Etzioni, PhD. Two major PSA studies show that prostate cancer screening may reduce the chance of dying from that cancer by 25% to 30%. But the chance of being over diagnosed is about five times the chance of having one’s life saved, this can lead to unneeded, potentially harmful treatments.
Men should be screened if they are willing to consider not being treated, a low-risk prostate cancer may be better left alone.
Source: Bottom Line Personal December 2017 Ruth B. Etzioni, PhD, is an epidemiologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle.
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