PSA test helps detect prostate cancer before it spreads

October 19, 2015

The findings were presented at a news conference Monday, a week before the annual meeting of the American Society of Radiation Oncology in San Diego.

The news also comes as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) cancels its November meeting that was scheduled to vote on the value of prostate cancer testing.  The meeting was reportedly cancelled because of scheduling conflicts.

Last November, the USPSTF voted to recommend against prostate cancer testing for men of all ages, but decided to schedule a re-vote to more thoroughly assess the balance of benefits and harms of the PSA test. Also last November, USPSTF updated its recommendations for breast cancer screening, saying a routine mammogram was not needed until a woman reached the age of 50, which sparked heated controversy and made headlines.

"We hope this new research shows the USPSTF the importance of the PSA test and early detection of prostate cancer, and we encourage the task force to vote to recommend prostate cancer testing for the benefit of all men," said Lockwood.

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