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Mayo Clinic study: PSA test valuable in predicting biopsy need, low-risk prostate cancer
Date:10/21/2011

factors, including benign prostate enlargement or inflammation of the urinary tract, which is why additional tests are used in conjunction with the PSA test. For example, if the patient's physician suspects cancer, a biopsy of prostate cells likely will be ordered to confirm the diagnosis.

The PSA test is not without controversy: Recent draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force suggest that the test may not save lives.

"As we continue to refine our approach to diagnosing and treating prostate cancer, we believe the findings of this study will help clinicians and their patients make informed decisions," Dr. Karnes says.


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