Beware of PSA Tests for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of death for men and up until recently, doctors have used a routine PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) test as a precaution. Recent rulings by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force have halted it as a routine test because the PSA test is highly inaccurate with a large number of false positives ranging around 70 percent. Though men do need to be tested, the inaccuracy of this test is giving men false positives, worry, and unnecessary procedures that can lead to incontinence, impotence, and other hazardous complications.[1]

Getting tested for prostate cancer should be a priority for men, but if you receive a PSA test, don’t be afraid to get a second opinion before you agree to treatment.

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