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Mar 3, 2010 10:28 AM by Associated Press

Cancer society stops urging docs to offer PSA test

The American Cancer Society has updated its advice about prostate cancer screening. The society wants doctors to talk to men and give them plenty of information before they have a PSA test to make sure they understand its limits.

Recent studies suggest the popular PSA test may lead to unnecessary treatment for many men. The test can't clearly indicate whether a cancer is aggressive or harmless. The cancer society has not recommended routine screening for most men since the 1990s. And its new guidelines no longer urge doctors to offer the test.

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