March 4, 2010

New Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines Boost ‘Shared Decision Making’

By Kelley Luckstein

The American Cancer Society has been cautious about making blanket recommendations for prostate cancer screening for years; since 1997, the group has said screening with a PSA test should be offered to eligible men but that physicians should explain the uncertainties and potential risks of the test as well as the possible benefits…


Some men will still want to defer to their physician, says R. Jeffrey Karnes, an assistant professor of urology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. But even so, the idea is that having the discussion will let the doctor decide based on the patient's preferences. 


US News and World Report, by Katherine Hobson, 3/3/2010

Tags: Cancer, Dr. Karnes, prostate cancer screening, Urology

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