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PSA test to determine presence of prostate cancer is proving ineffective

A PSA test is the most common diagnostic tool for early signs of prostate cancer but the method is under attack because it does not determine the level of threat the cancer poses. Prostate surgery can have side effects such as incontinence and impotence and many men may be suffering this needlessly if the cancer is dormant and not life threatening. Some forms of the cancer are so non-threatening the treatment does not justify the risk of side effects. Experts claim the PSA test should only be used to determine of cancer has spread after prostate surgery.

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About: PSA test to determine presence of prostate cancer is proving ineffective

Date: 2 December 2004

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