Screening for prostate cancer

Otis W. Brawley, Donna P. Ankerst, Ian M. Thompson

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In the United States, prostate cancer will affect 1 man in 6 during his lifetime. Since the mid-1980s, screening with the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test has more than doubled the risk of a prostate cancer diagnosis. A decrease in prostate cancer death rates has been observed since that time, but the relative contribution of PSA testing as opposed to other factors, such as improved treatment, has been uncertain. The recent release of 2 large randomized trials suggests that if there is a benefit of screening, it is, at best, small. Methods to assess a man's risk of prostate cancer, including those tools that integrate multiple risk factors, are now available and should be used in risk assessment. Men undergoing screening for prostate cancer may reduce their risk of prostate cancer with finasteride.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-273
Number of pages10
JournalCA Cancer Journal for Clinicians
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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Brawley, O. W., Ankerst, D. P., & Thompson, I. M. (2009). Screening for prostate cancer. CA Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 59(4), 264-273.