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From JAMA's Daily News Site
June 5, 2013

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JAMA. 2013;309(21):2203. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6396

Men should be fully informed that they're unlikely to benefit from prostate cancer screening and risk harm if they are screened, according to the American College of Physicians (ACP).

In a new guideline, the ACP said that about 1000 men would have to be screened to save 1 life. But harm from testing is far more common. False-positive rates are high and can lead to invasive tests that result in infection, bleeding, or hospitalization. Men diagnosed with prostate cancer sometimes undergo surgery, which is associated with a 37% increased risk of sexual dysfunction and an 11% increased risk of urinary incontinence.