Prostate screening doesn’t save lives - Macleans.ca

Prostate screening doesn’t save lives

A new 20-year study shows it has little benefit

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Prostate cancer screening doesn’t save lives according to a 20-year study published in the British Medical Journal. The study followed 9,026 men in their 50s or 60s in 1987, the BBC reports, and nearly 1,500 were randomly chosen to be screened every three years from 1987 to 1996. The first two tests were done by digital rectal examination and then by prostate specific antigen testing. After a 20-year followup, the rate of death from prostate cancer didn’t differ significantly between the two groups.

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