As yet we have not seen the details, but, according to a report on National Public Radio early this morning, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has stated that men up to age 70 should discuss the risk and benefits of PSA testing with their doctors and then make individual decisions about whether to get tested.
We will have more to say about this later in the day, when we have had a chance to review the revised recommendations in detail. At present all your sitemaster can tell you is that:
- The task force was convinced by the combination of data from the major European screening trial (the ESRPC trial) which showed a decrease in risk for metastatic disease combined with the increasing acceptance of active surveillance that is cutting (somewhat) the risk for over-treatment, and that …
- Even Dr. Otis Brawley of the American Cancer Society is pleased by the revisions to the USPSTF’s recommendations