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What are the benefits of prostate cancer screening at age 60 and up?

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Prostate cancer usually grows slowly, and screening for it may cause more harm than good. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says men over age 70 probably won’t benefit from checking their prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. For men ages 55 to 69, the task force recommends talking to your doctor about the pros and cons of screening.

From: Medical Tests for Your 60s and Up WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

American Heart Association: "Heart-Health Screenings."

National Cancer Institute: "Tests to Detect Colorectal Cancer and Polyps."

CDC: "Gynecologic Cancers: What Should I Know About Screening?"

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Quick Statistics."

American Diabetes Association: "Executive Summary: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

CDC: "Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries Are Preventable."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

American Heart Association: "Heart-Health Screenings."

National Cancer Institute: "Tests to Detect Colorectal Cancer and Polyps."

CDC: "Gynecologic Cancers: What Should I Know About Screening?"

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Quick Statistics."

American Diabetes Association: "Executive Summary: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

CDC: "Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries Are Preventable."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

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