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Harvard Medical School releases 2010 Annual Report on Prostate Diseases,
Date:3/10/2010

Experts weigh the benefits of PSA screening in groundbreaking publication

Boston (Vocus) March 11, 2010 -- Harvard Medical School today released its first ever Annual Report on Prostate Diseases, which covers the basics in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), erectile dysfunction, prostatitis, and related issues, along with recent scientific and medical advances. A group of talented prostate disease specialists contributed to the publication.

Also included in this groundbreaking report is an explanation of the growing body of evidence indicating that the benefits of PSA screening may not outweigh the potential harm of unnecessary treatment, a concept that counters current medical practice.

Given the ongoing debate, Dr. Marc Garnick, editor in chief of the 2010 Annual Report on Prostate Diseases, invited three experts to participate in a roundtable discussion on screening. The trio shared their thoughts on PSA screening and explained its pros and cons in easy-to-understand terms. An edited version of their conversation appears in the publication to help readers make an informed decision about PSA screening for themselves.

Here is an excerpt from the report:
“PSA screening has always been somewhat controversial. That’s because PSA tests often alert doctors to the presence of cancer, but there is no precise way to determine, definitively, whether the cancers detected would have ever caused symptoms or harm during a man’s lifetime,” the report explains. “One study estimated overdetection to rise with age, from 27% a
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