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Study shows no evidence of a mortality benefit to PSA screening
Date:1/6/2012

0 prostate cancer case patients diagnosed in the intervention arm, 455 (10.7%) died of causes other than the cancer types studied; in the control arm, 3815 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer of whom 377 (9.9%) died, also of other causes. "Thus, a higher percentage of deaths from other causes rather than a deficit occurred among the prostate cancer patients diagnosed in the intervention arm, an indication of the over-diagnosis associated with PSA detection," the authors write.

The researchers plan to again update the mortality findings from the prostate component of the PLCO after follow-up data through 15 years becomes available.
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