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Medical News & Perspectives
July 1, 1998

Urologists Present Positive Evidence for Early Test

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JAMA. 1998;280(1):9-10. doi:10.1001/jama.280.1.9-JMN0701-3-1

THE EVIDENCE continues to mount that early detection of prostate cancer may save lives.

The latest findings were released early last month at the American Urology Association's (AUA) 93rd Annual Meeting held in San Diego, Calif. Urologists attending a poster session heard from authors of 3 key studies that their findings, when combined, show that early detection may lower mortality rates.

Robert A. Stephenson, MD, professor and Jon M. Huntsman Chair in Urological Oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, presented a study of 278409 cases of prostate cancer from 1973 to 1995—covering periods before and after the advent of prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing. Prior to PSA testing, higher-, lower-, and moderate-graded cancers had roughly the same incidence, at 17 to 23 cases per 100000 men.

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