PCPC3 notes revisions to USPSTF research plan on PSA screening

PCPC3 — the patient-centered prostate cancer collaborative coalition — has just issued a statement about the revised research plan issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in reassessing the value of PSA screening for risk of prostate cancer.

The full statement is available on the PCPC3 web site. Some of the individual members of PCPC3 have already made their own comments on this revised research plan.

The general sense that The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink is getting is that the USPSTF has made significant efforts to improve the research plan, but whether there is actually sufficient data to provide clear answers on many issues is going to be a problem. For example, the number of people of African ancestry included in any screening trial to date has been very small, and so it may not be possible to get any type of clear answer to the question of whether screening is more effective in African Americans (and others of African ancestry) than it is in Caucasians.

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  1. Dr. Matt Rosenberg gave a presentation at the 2016 International Prostate Cancer Update titled “Why 1.5 is the new 4.0 for primary care physicians”. He says the risk for prostate cancer begins at a PSA greater than 1.5. Seems to me that this would be the time for “active surveillance” and for the PCP to educate his patient as to the risk for prostate cancer and review family history, lifestyle, diet, etc., or refer to a urologist if the PCP is not up to date on prostate cancer. I am concerned that most men are unaware that they could have aggressive prostate cancer and a low PSA.

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