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Prostate promises

The biggest test of screening for prostate cancer – a sample of 400,000 men aged on average 59 – has revealed that there was no significant difference in deaths from prostate cancer among men who were screened with a single PSA test, and men who were not screened.

After a 10-year follow-up, 549 in the the group who were tested for a prostate-specific antigen, which is often elevated in men with prostate cancer, died of prostate cancer. 647 of those who were not tested died from prostate cancer.

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