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Healthy men told to skip prostate test

Panel underscores risks of PSA exam

A government panel recommended Monday that healthy men skip a widely used screening test for prostate cancer, concluding the harm caused by the PSA blood test outweighed its benefits in all age groups.

Based on evidence from two large randomized trials, the lifesaving benefits of screening were “at best very small’’ and were offset by overdiagnosis and overtreatment of nonlethal cancers, the US Preventive Services Task Force determined.

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