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April 4, 2012

Recommendations on Use of Prostate-Specific Antigen for Prostate Cancer Screening

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Author Affiliation: Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Massachusetts (

JAMA. 2012;307(13):1372-1374. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.396

To the Editor: Three Commentaries13 provided differing interpretations of the conclusion from the draft report of the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that the harms of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening outweigh the benefits of treatment for PSA screen-detected prostate cancer and of the recommendation against the routine use of the test. Scientific evidence is lacking for their arguments for continuing the widespread use of PSA testing.

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