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AUA Foundation Responds to American Cancer Society Guideline for the Early Detection of Prostate Cancer
Date:3/3/2010

LINTHICUM, Md., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Urological Association (AUA) Foundation joins the AUA in its response to the American Cancer Society (ACS) updated prostate cancer screening guidelines highlighting the importance of shared decision-making between patients and physicians. Prostate cancer testing is not a clear cut issue, and we agree that such discussion is critical to getting men the most objective, fair and reasonable information available. However, the AUA Foundation believes the ACS recommendation that men at varying risk consider prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing at different ages does not fully address the individualized approach required when testing men for prostate cancer and may cause significant confusion for patients.

The AUA Foundation believes that part of the opportunity to make an informed decision with all of the information available includes knowledge of a man's baseline PSA score.  As recent research indicates the prostate changes over time, such a baseline taken at age 40 before age-related PSA increases take place helps men and their physicians better understa
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