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Comment & Response
June 2015

Corrections Regarding Prostate-Specific Antigen Editorial

JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(6):1067-1068. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.0741

To the Editor There are a number of factual errors in the Editorial by Merenstein,1 to which I would like to offer the following corrections.

Merenstein1(p16) refers to prostate cancer as “the sixth leading cause of cancer death in men.” This is incorrect. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, second only to lung cancer. Here are the data, as presented on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website2:The numbers in parentheses are the death rates per 100 000 population. Because smoking is associated with over 90% of lung cancers, in men who have never smoked, prostate cancer is the number one cause of cancer death.

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