Physicians Too Aggressive in Ordering Prostate Screenings
- The PSA screening rate was 24% in men ages 50 to 54, increasing with age until a peak of 45.5% in ages 70 to 74.
- Screening rates then declined with age, with 24.6% of men 85 or older reporting being screened.
I agree with the researchers that the side effects of the test, especially if there is no cancer, out weigh the benefit. Though I also sense some age bias going on as well. What is not said is what they are thinking, essentially these people are going to die soon anyway so why go through costly and needless treatments. That is fine until it is your family member or yourself facing a diagnosis.