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Is Early Baldness in Blacks a Clue to Prostate Cancer?
Date:3/27/2013

reening test for prostate cancer is the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test, which measures normal and cancerous cells in the prostate gland. When PSA levels are high, it sometimes indicates cancer.

"We still do not know if prostate cancer screening saves lives," said Brawley. Currently, the American Cancer Society recommends informing men of average risk, without symptoms, of the known pitfalls (such as false "positive" results) and potential benefits (early detection) of prostate cancer screening beginning at age 50. They then can make a decision about screening.

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To learn more about prostate cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.

SOURCES: Charnita Zeigler-Johnson, Ph.D., research assistant professor, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Otis Brawley, M.D., chief medical officer, American Cancer Society, professor, hematology, oncology, medicine and epidemiology, Emory University, Atlanta; Lionel Banez, M.D., research investigator, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham, N.C.; April 2013 Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention


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