Despite current guidelines, however, many U.S. physicians still routinely order PSA tests for patients. For example, a study in the Oct. 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that doctors surveyed in the study ordered PSA tests for 40 percent of their male patients older than 75 -- even though no major medical group recommends prostate screening for that age group.
Brooks, of the American Cancer Society, said that in the past, doctors have tended to automatically order a PSA screening whenever blood work is performed on a man, often without even discussing with the patient what might happen if the test comes back abnormal.
"It does them a real disservice if you haven't had a discussion with them about whether they want to head down that particular path," he said.
For more information on prostate cancer, visit the U.S. National Cancer Institute.
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