- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Men between the ages of 55-69 are encouraged to discuss with their doctor about undergoing prostate cancer screening, the U.S. Preventative Service Task Force said in a draft resolution released Tuesday.

The resolution is not final, but it’s released for public comment to better help the organization make revisions in its language, most suitable for discussions between clinicians and their patients.

All comments and experiences submitted by the public are kept confidential. The public has until May 8 to send in their feedback.

The final recommendations will eventually be published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In 2012, the association gave prostate cancer screenings a D recommendation, saying that for men of all ages, the harms outweighed the benefits of getting tested.

The harms include a false-positive result, resulting in anxiety and leading to unnecessary medical tests and biopsies that could result in complications.

A study by the task force in 2012 found that for every 1,000 men between the ages of 55-69 who were routinely tested, between 100 and 150 received a false positive.

Yet on Tuesday, the task force changed its recommendation to a specific age group, saying men between the ages of 55-69, with close consultation with their physician, can make a personal choice to be tested.

Men with a history of prostate cancer and African-American men in this age group are at an increased risk for the disease and should discuss if testing is right for them.

However, for all men 70 and older, the task force still says that the harms outweighed the benefits, and testing is not recommended.

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