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Please explain the problem of checking vs. Non checking psa's?
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Dr. James Lin
Urology
In brief: Here are some...
The connection of cancer to death has embedded in most people's mind.
To some kind of cancer, this may be true and relevant; to prostate cancer, it's not, but a different story. Meanwhile, the pros and cons of testing psa has undergone a fast pace of adjustment especially over the past 10 years.More detail on pros and cons on psa usage, go to http://formefirst.Com/newauapsa.Html

In brief: Here are some...
The connection of cancer to death has embedded in most people's mind.
To some kind of cancer, this may be true and relevant; to prostate cancer, it's not, but a different story. Meanwhile, the pros and cons of testing psa has undergone a fast pace of adjustment especially over the past 10 years.More detail on pros and cons on psa usage, go to http://formefirst.Com/newauapsa.Html
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin
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Dr. John Washburn
Family Medicine
In brief: Inconclusive
This question requires an extensive response, but the short answer is that psa has never been proven to save lives when used as a screening tool - that is, testing someone who is otherwise not having symptoms nor isn't considered to be at high risk for prostate cancer (no family history, etc).
In fact, using this test may even lead to unnecessary tests and medical procedures that aren't helpful.

In brief: Inconclusive
This question requires an extensive response, but the short answer is that psa has never been proven to save lives when used as a screening tool - that is, testing someone who is otherwise not having symptoms nor isn't considered to be at high risk for prostate cancer (no family history, etc).
In fact, using this test may even lead to unnecessary tests and medical procedures that aren't helpful.
Dr. John Washburn
Dr. John Washburn
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
In brief: Not useful
Us preventive task force has determined that routine monitoring of healthy males with psa testing is not useful.

In brief: Not useful
Us preventive task force has determined that routine monitoring of healthy males with psa testing is not useful.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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