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Controversy Surrounding P.S.A. Testing in Older Men

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The United States Preventative Services Task Force has concluded that the Prostate-Specific Antigen test may not increase survival rate more than routine medical check-ups or testing when symptoms occur. A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows the testing did not save additional lives and that it may have led to more aggressive therapies that left men impotent or incontinent.

The presence of cancer was identified in 12% more of the men who were given the PSA test compared to those who were not tested. The analysis of the data concentrated on this group?s survival rate versus that of those not screened and it was virtually the same. The study did indicate that men younger than fifty who have a family history of the cancer were warned by the test and it may have contributed to their survival.

The continued effort to keep older Americans healthy has sparked some debate over which testing and treatments are necessary. If you are providing in home assistance to a senior these debates can contribute to the pressure you may feel as a caregiver.

Specialty Care Services can alleviate some of the tension by offering professional advice on all health problems. Our trained senior care service providers can also help relieve some of the everyday pressure of care giving by offering grocery shopping assistance and cleaning services to the senior in your care.

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