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PSA tests lead to overdiagnosis

3rd August 2006

Further evidence has shown widespread screening for prostate cancer would result in massive overdiagnosis and treatment.

Researchers from Cambridge University and the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, report in the British Journal of Cancer, that more than half of cases who underwent the prediagnosis prostate specific antigen (PSA) test are likely to have been overdiagnosed. This means the cancer would not have been detected clinically in their lifetime without the PSA testing.

 

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