Clinical Summary of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation
This document is a summary of the 2008 recommendation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on screening for prostate cancer. This summary is intended for use by primary care clinicians.
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|Population||Men Younger than Age 75 Years||Men Age 75 Years or Older|
Grade: I (Insufficient Evidence)
|Do not screen
|Balance of harms and benefits|
|Suggestions for practice||
Clinicians should discuss the potential benefits and known harms of PSA screening with their patients younger than age 75 years. Men in this age group should be informed of the gaps in the evidence, and their personal preferences should guide the decision of whether to order the test.
|Other Relevant USPSTF Recommendations||
For a summary of the evidence systematically reviewed in making these recommendations, the full recommendation statement (including a summary of research gaps), and supporting documents, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.
Disclaimer: Recommendations made by the USPSTF are independent of the U.S. government. They should not be construed as an official position of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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AHRQ Publication No. 08-05121-EF-3
Current as of August 2008
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for Prostate Cancer: Clinical Summary of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation. August 2008. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf08/prostate/prostatesum.htm