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PSA Test for Prostate Cancer Doesn't Save Lives: Study
Date:1/9/2012

ican Americans and men over 60, D'Amico said.

Prorok acknowledged that the PLCO trial wasn't perfect. "Nonetheless, the contamination was not enough to eliminate the early diagnosis of prostate cancers nor the persistent excess of cancers," he said.

PLCO provides information about over-diagnosis, Prorok added. "Even if the contamination did dilute a benefit compared to no screening, the result of no mortality difference between the arms in PLCO could be interpreted to suggest that more intensive screening is not beneficial but does result in harm," he said.

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For more information on prostate cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.

SOURCES: Philip C. Prorok, Ph.D., Division of Cancer Prevention, U.S. National Cancer Institute; Anthony D'Amico, M.D., Ph.D., chief, radiation oncology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; Jan. 6, 2012, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, online


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