Please check your mail in a few minutes for our welcome email and Free Report. If you do not see an email from us, please check your spam folder and add news@prostate.net to your approved/whitelist (or just click "not spam").

0

Email a Friend
Follow Me on Pinterest
Decrease text size Increase text size

Most Doctors Question New PSA Test Recommendations

PSA TestHow do doctors feel about the new PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force? Results of a recent survey indicate that most primary care doctors question the revised prostate cancer screening recommendations, and their responses to a survey indicate they will continue to offer PSA testing to their patients.

Although it is generally recognized that the PSA test is not the perfect prostate cancer screening method, thus far it is the most effective tool doctors have available. Yet when the USPSTF announced in November 2011 in draft recommendations that a routine PSA test should not be given to men of any age because it believed the risks outweighed the benefits, a group of investigators at Johns Hopkins decided to ask primary care physicians what they thought of this announcement.

The investigators surveyed 125 primary care doctors after the November 2011 announcement but before the final recommendations of the USPSTF were made in May 2012. The doctors revealed that although they agreed with the previous recommendations to stop routine PSA testing in men older than 75 and men who did not have a life expectancy of 10 years or longer, they were not in agreement with the new recommendations.

Generally, 74.4% of the doctors said their patients expected them to keep offering PSA tests every year, and 66% said it would take them longer to tell their patients why they would not recommend screening than to just offer the PSA test. More than half of the surveyed doctors expressed concern about malpractice if they did not offer the PSA test.

The results of this survey indicate that most doctors are not ready to embrace the new USPSTF recommendations concerning routine PSA testing. Men are urged to educate themselves about the risks and benefits of routine PSA testing, to consult their healthcare provider, and to make their own informed decisions about PSA testing.

Read more

ad490jpg
ADVERTISEMENT

email
728x90a2jpg
ADVERTISEMENT

Site last updated 23 July, 2014

  
ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer
  
Everyday Health
This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the
HONcode standard for trustworthy
health
information: verify here.
Ad Choice
Advertising Notice

This Site and third parties who place advertisements on this Site may collect and use information about your visits to this Site and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like to obtain more information about these advertising practices and to make choices about online behavioral advertising, please click here

Facebook

Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress