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

LINTHICUM, Md., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the American Cancer Society issued its new Guideline for the Early Detection of Prostate Cancer. The American Urological Association (AUA), which represents more than 16,000 urologists and urologic health professionals worldwide, issued the following statement in response to the new ACS document. The statement is attributable to AUA President Anton J. Bueschen, MD.

"The American Urological Association (AUA) today applauds the American Cancer Society (ACS) for its new guidance statement on prostate cancer detection. We concur that informed consent – including a discussion between physician and patient about the risks and benefits of testing – is a key part of one's decision to be tested for prostate cancer. It is equally necessary that patients receive reliable information from culturally appropriate sources.

However, the new ACS statement may not fully characterize the potential benefits of an individualized approach to assessing risk in men considering the risk and benefits of early detection strategies and may cause significant confusion for patients. The AUA feels there is no single PSA standard that applies to all men, nor should there be. Part o
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