Surprising recommendation against routine prostate test

October 6, 2011

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.

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