Urine Test for Prostate Cancer?
The PSA test - the blood test most commonly used to detect prostate cancer in men - has come under increased scrutiny. Last month, the
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a government panel, advised against routine PSA-based screening for prostate cancer, concluding the screening test does not prolong life for the average American man.
However, many, including the
American Cancer Society, have not endorsed the recommendation. Prostate cancer experts at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are among those who believe PSA testing has saved lives.
What all the experts do seem to agree on is that the PSA test is far from perfect and a new form of screening must be found. That's why researchers at BIDMC have embarked on a major study - to determine if a simple urine sample can help doctors detect prostate cancer and figure out how likely it is to grow and spread.
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