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AAFP NEWS NOW: Men shouldn’t just rush in to get screened for prostate cancer, says a US family doctor organisation – they need to talk it over with their physician first.

The American Academy of Family Physicians is warning the world-wide Blue September prostate cancer awareness campaign may be confusing men and their doctors. READ MORE>

In recognition of September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, many of your male patients (and their wives) may have been reading, hearing and seeing news reports, commercials and public service announcements encouraging men to be screened for the disease.

However, the AAFP has concluded that current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of prostate cancer screening in men younger than age 75, and the Academy actually recommends against screening men 75 and older.

Those AAFP recommendations agree with those of the US Preventive Services Task Force.

The academy quotes family physician and USPSTF member Michael LeFevre, who says the vast majority of the messages coming from professional medical and consumer health organisations and public health agencies about prostate cancer screening are consistent in saying that:

…men should be given all the information they need to make informed decisions about whether to be screened for prostate cancer.

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