Some Discouraged From Prostate Cancer Screening Under New Guidelines

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Millions of men are now being told not to undergo routine screening for prostate cancer.

The American Urological Association now supports new guidelines which state routine screening is no longer recommended for men 40 to 54 years of age who are at average risk for the disease.

“I personally do intend to follow these guidelines,” Sameer Saddiqui, a urologist at Saint Louis University Hospital, said. “I also think we have been probably over-diagnosing prostate cancer in the United States the last ten years or so and I think this is a step in the right direction where we’re going to be a lot more targeted in doing screening in men who are really, truly going to benefit from screening.”

The guidelines say men at higher risk of prostate cancer – African-Americans and those with a strong family history of the disease – may benefit from more routine screening. Saddiqui says only those men might benefit from screening.

“And not men who don’t have cancer but then have to go through the difficulties and potential complications of a biopsy and also screening men who wouldn’t benefit from treatment because they’re maybe too old or too sick to benefit from treatment,” Saddiqui said.

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