Medical News and Perspectives
December 21, 2011

USPSTF Finds Little Evidence to Support Advising PSA Screening in Any Man

JAMA. 2011;306(23):2549-2551. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1804

The recommendation by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in October that no man receive prostate-specific antigen (PSA)–based screening for prostate cancer was as welcomed by primary care physicians as it was denounced by many urologists.

Now, “I probably won't be entering a discussion about prostate cancer screening unless my patient has a family history of prostate cancer or he expresses concern,” said general internist Christine Laine, MD, MPH, editor in chief of Annals of Internal Medicine, which published the USPSTF draft recommendation ( That frees up time to focus on the “million other things we have to cover at each patient visit,” she said.