PSA Test Not Effective In Detecting Prostate Cancer

December 7, 2010 Updated Dec 7, 2010 at 8:21 PM EDT

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December 7, 2010 Updated Dec 7, 2010 at 8:21 PM EDT

(WKBW/ABC) It's common for doctors to use the PSA blood test to screen men for prostate cancer, but now, a startling report from Britain says that long standing practice should end.

Researchers say a raised PSA level may mean a man has prostate
cancer, but, they say, it can also mean a man has only a benign
enlargement of the prostate, or a urinary infection.

And, they say a normal PSA level does not mean a man doesn't have a tumor, and it may provide a false sense of well-being.

British doctors emphasize that men over age 50 should talk to their doctors about the reliability of the PSA test.

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