Studies Call Into Question Value Of Prostate Screening Test

Posted on Jul 06, 2009
The PSA blood test is a screening test that measures a protein produced by cells in the prostate gland.  The test is used to screen patients for the possible presence of cancer in the prostate.  The general thought is that the higher a PSA score, then the more likely that cancer is present.  Two recent studies have called into question whether the PSA test actually saves lives.  These studies do not contest the reliability of the PSA test itiself.  Rather, the studies call into question whether early detection of prostate cancer through PSA testing actually saves lives.  The studies are continuing, so additional data could potentially lead to new results.

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