Why Prostate Cancer Screenings Are Harmful For Older Men

August 7, 2008

An American advisory panel, the Preventive Services Task Force, has come out and stated that it is harmful for men over the age of 75 to get prostate cancer screenings, and explains why..Boston (ChattahBox) – An American advisory panel, the Preventive Services Task Force, has come out and stated that it is harmful for men over the age of 75 to get prostate cancer screenings, and explains why.

The task force recently updated their 2002 recommendation about prostate cancer screenings, revealing their new guidelines in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

They now believe that prostate cancer screenings do more harm than good for men who are over the age of 75.

The reasoning behind it is pretty simple, as PSA screenings are effective.

The problem though is that no need for a man over 75 to receive one, as it would take over 10 years for the disease to progress and do any harm at all.

When a man is 75-years old, their life expectancy on average is another 10-years. This shows that there is really no need for the screenings, as the disease will not do any harm before the man dies.

Side effects to prostate cancer screenings include erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, as well as bowel dysfunction, and death.

Prostate cancer is diagnosed in 210,000 men each year, killing about 27,000 people.


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