Attention fellas! That test you're about to undergo to check for prostate cancer may NOT be such a good idea after all!
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has determined that testing for prostate-specific antigen (PSA), the most commonly used prostate cancer screen, can actually do more harm than good in healthy men!
The blood test that measures levels of prostate-specific antigen — a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland — may result in impotence, incontinence, and infections.
Despite not being recommended by ANY major medical group, millions of men over the age of 50 receive routine PSA testing.
After analyzing all the previous research on the subject to evaluate whether the screening reduces deaths from prostate cancer, the task force concluded there is little (if any) life-saving benefit.
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