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A common blood test checks for elevated levels of prostate-specific antigens (PSA) in a man's blood, as an indicator that he may have prostate cancer. Renphoto/Getty Images hide caption

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Federal Task Force Softens Opposition To Routine Prostate Cancer Screening

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Rep. Tom Price, President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, has criticized a task force of medical experts whose recommendations guide health screening and disease prevention. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A color-enhanced spiral CT image of the chest shows a large cancerous mass (in yellow) in the left upper lobe. Medical Body Scans/Science Source hide caption

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Lung Cancer Screening Program Finds A Lot That's Not Cancer

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Mammograms are good at finding lumps, but it can be hard to determine which could become life-threatening and which are harmless. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Danish Study Raises More Questions About Mammograms' Message

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Following up a mammogram with an ultrasound exam can find more cancers. But the additional test can also find more false positives that aren't cancer at all. F. Astier/Centre Hospitalier Regional/Science Source hide caption

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After a Cologuard screening test for colon cancer comes back positive, patients may have to pay for additional diagnostic tests. Exact Sciences hide caption

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What To Think About Conflicting Medical Guidelines

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Testing for prostate cancer has declined after a recommendation in 2012 said it shouldn't be routine. iStockphoto hide caption

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Prostate Screening Drops Sharply, And So Do Cancer Cases

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The American Cancer Society has pushed back the age at which most women should begin having mammograms to 45. iStockphoto hide caption

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Cancer Group Now Says Most Mammograms Can Wait Till 45

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Although false alarms are not at all unusual when it comes to mammograms, they can cause women much anxiety. Doctors are thinking about ways to ease those fears. iStockphoto hide caption

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