What Doctors Haven’t Told You About Prostate Cancer

1 New guidelines are encouraging

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Recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) revised its 2012 recommendations against routine prostate cancer screening for otherwise healthy men: Now the USPSTF gives the screen a Grade C for men aged 55 to 69, which means you should have a detailed conversation with your doctor about the potential pros and cons. For men 70 and over, the test still gets a Grade D—it’s not recommended for this age group because the harms outweigh the risks. “The revamped 2017 guidelines now encourage conversation between patient and doctor—including discussion on whether or not the benefit of testing will outweigh the potential risk,” says Ramin. “This is a decision that has many urological specialists, including me, encouraged.”

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