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After much debate, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has announced that the common blood test to screen for prostate cancer actually may do more harm than good. 

The blood test, which forms part of a regular medical check-up for men over 40, measures the levels of a protein called prostate-specific antigen (PSA) that is secreted by the prostate. Heightened levels of the protein can indicate prostate cancer, an enlarged prostate or infection.

Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr Anthony Komaroff says, “What most people don’t realise is that most prostate cancers never spread and cause suffering. Under the microscope, they look like a disease. But they don’t act like a disease.  With those cancers the treatment always is worse than the disease. What we desperately need is a test that distinguishes between the occasional prostate cancers that spread and cause suffering, even death, and the much more frequent prostate cancers that will never cause suffering. The PSA is not that test.”

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