Prostate Cancer Screening Not Beneficial For Men Over 75

August 5, 2008

An American advisory panel, the Preventive Services Task Force has come out and stated that men who are 75-years old and up receive no benefit from prostate cancer screenings.........New York (ChattahBox) – An American advisory panel, the Preventive Services Task Force has come out and stated that men who are 75-years old and up receive no benefit from prostate cancer screenings.

According to the report, men who are of age 75 and older face just as many risks and side effects from the screenings, as they do benefit.

These side effects include bowel problems, incontinence, and others.

The report stated that these prostate cancer screenings put men at “risk for unnecessary worry and side effects of treatments.”

Advocates, on the other hand, have argued that prostate cancer screenings do help people.

the argument against that though is that prostate cancer grows at such a slow pace that few cases need treatment.

The task force reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, stating men under 75 should talk to a doctor about their risks for prostate cancer, and if screening is necessary.


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