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Does Prostate Cancer Screening Reduce Mortality Rates?
Date:4/14/2011

NEW YORK, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. David Samadi, Vice Chairman, Department Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, expressed concern today regarding the conclusions of a study published this month in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).  Following a group of 9,000 men for 20 years; 1,500 of whom were screened for prostate cancer every three years, with the rest functioning as a control, the study set out to determine the effectiveness of screening with regard to prostate cancer mortality rates.  Despite the fact that the screened group had a higher survival rate, the study is being cited in many parts of the medical community as proof of the questionable efficacy of regular prostate cancer screening, a fact that Dr. Samadi says, "... results in a confusing message to older men who may have prostate cancer."

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The conclusions presented in the BMJ study run contradictory to others, such as one published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 2009. Conducted across seven countries in Europe and involving over 162,000 subjects, nearly twenty times the test group of the more recent BMJ study, the NEJM study showed a substantial 27% decrease in prostate cancer mortality rates in the segment that underwent regular screening.  Dr. Samadi says, "It is important when reading about these kinds of studies to look beyond the results and understand the specific parameters of the testing processes that were used.  The final number is not the entire picture and
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