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Many Doctors Plan to Keep Screening PSA

Many Doctors Plan to Keep Screening PSA

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended that doctors drop routine PSA screening for prostate cancer. This decision was based on large, long-term, prospective trials that showed PSA screening did not improve overall survival. But a new survey from Johns Hopkins shows that many primary care physicians are reluctant to follow the recommendation. Three fourths of these doctors say their patients expect annual PSA tests. Although most doctors now believe in the concept of evidence-based medicine, only 2% said they would change their practice to omit routine PSA screening.

[Cancer, online, April 19, 2012]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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