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New Evidence Shows PSA Screening Can Increase Chances of Surviving Prostate Cancer

May 10, 2018 - 9:03 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A government-appointed panel is changing the guidelines on whether and when men should get screened for prostate cancer. 

New evidence suggests PSA blood tests can slightly reduce the chances of dying from the disease for some men. 

“The US Preventative Services Taskforce is saying now, 55-69 years old, there is a little bit of benefit in screening those patients across the board. We also know that there is benefit in screening patients that are high risk, such a patients who have a family history of prostate cancer or African American men," says SLU Care's Dr. Lindsey Lombardo is a doctor of osteopathy at SSM Health SLU Hospital.

The new guidelines suggest these men should talk to their physicians about the pros and cons of PSA screening.