Bucking Landmark U.S. Recommendation, Oncologist Urges PSA Screening

Bucking Landmark U.S. Recommendation, Oncologist Urges PSA Screening
Despite a United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) 2012 conclusion that routine tests for prostate cancer are unnecessary, a prominent oncologist believes such screenings should be encouraged. Vladimir Ioffe, MD, a radiation oncologist with 21st Century Oncology, said prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings ought to be recommended for African-American males, men with a family history of the disorder, and healthy males ages 70–80. Discontinuing such tests could result in more than 6,000 prostate cancer-related deaths annually in the United States, he said. Ioffe’s study was completed in collaboration with Navin Shah, MD; Thomas Huebner, MD, and Ivelina Hristova, BA. ”Our study shows that the current USPSTF prostate cancer screening recommendations are harmful and result in later-stage prostate cancer detection,” Ioffe said in a press release. “We are seeing more late-stage diagnoses with more aggressive prostate cancer and in non-curable stages. We strongly believe that PSA-based prostate cancer screening should be cleared, recommended, and endorsed, especially for high-risk men.” He said that since the task force’s announcement, there has been a 9% rise in diagnoses of aggressive disease. This suggests that a lack of screening prevented earlier ca
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Mary M. Chapman began her professional career at United Press International, running both print and broadcast desks. She then became a Michigan correspondent for what is now Bloomberg BNA, where she mainly covered the automotive industry plus legal, tax and regulatory issues. A member of the Automotive Press Association and one of a relatively small number of women on the car beat, Chapman has discussed the automotive industry multiple times of National Public Radio, and in 2014 was selected as an honorary judge at the prestigious Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance. She has written for numerous national outlets including Time, People, Al-Jazeera America, Fortune, Daily Beast, MSN.com, Newsweek, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. The winner of the Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting, Chapman has had dozens of articles in The New York Times, including two on the coveted front page. She has completed a manuscript about centenarian car enthusiast Margaret Dunning, titled "Belle of the Concours."

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