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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Makes Recommendations on Prostate Cancer Screening

May 22, 2018

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Makes Recommendations on Prostate Cancer Screening Men between the ages of 55 and 69 should “make an individual decision” about PSA testing for prostate cancer, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

Such decisions should be made after discussing the potential benefits and harms of screening with a doctor, the panel of experts said, adding that men age 70 and over should not be regularly screened, as the “potential benefits do not outweigh the harms.”

The USPSTF is a volunteer group of specialists in a wide range of medical areas, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, and nursing. The members review scientific evidence to make recommendations on preventive practices, like getting screened for diseases, following healthy habits, and taking certain medications.

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