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Date:9/16/2009

YONKERS, N.Y., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Welcome to Consumer Reports Health News for health and medical journalists. Consumer Reports and ConsumerReportsHealth.org cover issues pertaining to the efficacy and safety of prescription and non-prescription drugs (including natural medicines), mental health, diet and nutrition, food safety, and fitness. CR tests health and fitness products, rates the effectiveness and affordability of prescription drugs, and evaluates the claims made by drug companies and the health care industry -- all without commercial agendas or advertiser influence.

PROSTATE CANCER: TO SCREEN OR NOT TO SCREEN?

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. With celebrities like former tennis star John McEnroe promoting prostate cancer screening for men as young as 40 on Prime Time TV, consumers may get the impression that this early screening is a must-do for good health. In fact, as Consumer Reports Health notes, many doctors disagree on the value of the blood test, called a PSA test, used to detect prostate cancer. That's because research hasn't clearly shown that men who are screened are less likely to die from prostate cancer than men who aren't. And PSA tests aren't fail-safe; studies have found that men can suffer significant distress from a false-positive result. An expert medical panel that reviewed all the evidence on PSA tests recently concluded that there isn't enough solid research yet to support prostate cancer screening. In a recent blog, Consumer Reports discuss what's wrong with free prostate-cancer screening. To read the blog, go to the following url: http://blogs.consumerrepo
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