Prostate screening doesn't save lives4th April 2011
The results of a study published in the British Medical Journal has shown that prostate screening does not save lives.
The study backs up the view of the UK National Screening Committee which advised in 2010 that the risks of screening were higher than its advantages.
In the UK, a quarter of new cancer diagnoses in men are for prostate cancer and it causes 10,000 deaths every year.
There is no NHS screening programme but men aged above 50 can request regular screens if they are concerned.
Dr Anne Mackie, programmes director of the UK National Screening Committee, said: "This evidence provides further support for the recommendation the Committee made in November not to screen for prostate cancer at this time."
"At the moment the potential harms significantly outweigh the benefits of screening. We will re-assess the evidence for prostate cancer screening against our criteria again in three years, or earlier if new evidence warrants it."
The researchers examined cases from Norrkoping in Sweden and looked at 9,026 men who were 50 or 60 years of age in 1987.
Almost 1,500 men were randomly selected to have screenings every three years between 1987-1996.
The first two tests were digital rectal examinations and the third was a prostate specific antigen test.
The report concluded: "After 20 years of follow-up, the rate of death from prostate cancer did not differ significantly between men in the screening group and those in the control group."
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Tuesday 5th April 2011 @ 7:24
A new research has found more evidence against prostate cancer screenings having an effect. There have been plenty of studies so far that have suggested that testing for prostate cancer does not actually stop any fatalities. This is far from the first research to suggest it. Screenings are great for catching cancer of the prostate early, but more than two decades of data revealed that people who didn't get regular screenings and people who didn't got prostate cancer at the same rate. I found this here: Study finds prostate cancer screenings ineffective
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Title: Prostate screening doesn't save lives
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 18089
Date Added: 4th Apr 2011