Monday, April 11, 2011

How Old is Too Old?

I know my father, a prostate cancer survivor nearly 80, has stopped PSA testing.  He was treated nearly 20 years ago and his PSA has been undetectable.  What's the point of testing?  If his PSA starts creeping up at this point, he's in no danger. 

Screening Prostates at Any Age
Published: April 11, 2011
Older men are getting screened for prostate cancer at a higher rate, though many experts discourage screening for men whose life expectancy is 10 years or less.
Gina Kolata is one of the best medical writers out there, IMHO. 

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