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Federal task force takes heat over cancer screening advice

2011-12-19 12:41
breast cancer, prostate cancer, cancer screening, U.S. Preventive Services Task

For much of its 27-year history, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has taken the stance that routine cancer is beneficial; however, recently it has taken the viewpoint that routine screening may be doing more harm than good. The reversal of the panel of primary care doctors came as a result of their review of a growing body of research that reports that some early screening may harm more people than it helps. Physicians and patients are not convinced; thus, they oppose the USPSTF’s recommendation that less screening be done for conditions such as screening mammograms for breast cancer and the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer.

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