The United States Preventive Services Task Force is recommending that healthy men of all ages should no longer have their PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) checked. This is based on clinical trials performed in the US and several areas in Europe that found the men who had their PSA’s checked lived just as long as the men who did not get their PSA’s checked, suggesting that PSA testing will not save lives. Europe also noted in men ages 55-59, there was a slight improvement in mortality. Recommendations will be open to the public before they are finalized.
In 2009, the US Panel had similar recommendations for women regarding mammograms. The recommendation was for women in their 40’s to stop having routine mammograms and older women to have a mammogram once every two years. Their study also suggested that mammograms do not save lives either, however this recommendation was not passed and insurance companies continue to pay for routine mammograms.
At CPC, we disagree with the US Panel. We support men having yearly prostate screenings to detect prostate cancer. Early detection is the key to curing prostate cancer.