With Prostate Cancer, Is It Better Not To Know?


Richard Knox, health and science correspondent, NPR
Hal Arkes, professor, Ohio State University
Dr. Mary McNaughton-Collins, physician, Massachusetts General Hospital

A federal task force has recommended against routine use of the PSA test, a common method of screening for prostate cancer. The panel concluded that the potential for harm outweighs any benefit, as many men undergo procedures that are unnecessary and can lead to serious side effects.



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