Stop prostate exams at age 75, federal panel recommends

Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 02:21 in Health & Medicine

Side effects of cancer treatments and stress from false positives outweigh any potential benefits, the group says. There's a backlash to the recommendation among some experts. Men over the age of 75 should no longer be screened for prostate cancer because the potential harm from the test results -- both physical and psychological -- outweighs any potential benefit from treatment, a federal panel said Monday.

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