Surprising recommendation against routine prostate test


October 7, 2011 9:59:38 AM PDT
A key government health panel will announce that healthy men should no longer receive a PSA blood test to screen for prostate cancer.

The US Preventive Services Task Force says the test does not save lives and leads to more tests and treatments that needlessly cause pain, impotence and incontinence.

The recommendation, expected to be officially released next Tuesday, is based on the results of five well controlled clinical trials. It could substantially change the care given to men 50 and older.

This panel is the same one that told women in their 40s that they don't need mammograms.