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Men Can Still Ask for PSA Test, and Some Should, Doctors Say
Date:5/22/2012

then, some physicians fear that insurance companies will cut off coverage of the PSA test, creating a devastating disparity between those who can afford to pay for it out of pocket and those who can't. The latter group likely will include minorities and senior citizens, who already are at higher risk for developing prostate cancer.

"Older black and Hispanic men are going to have increases in prostate cancer because they won't have the opportunity for early detection," D'Amico said. "So I think we should screen high-risk populations, because we know who they are."

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To learn more about the PSA test, visit the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

SOURCES: Otis Brawley, M.D., M.P.H., chief medical officer, American Cancer Society, Atlanta; Sandip Prasad, M.D., urologic oncology research fellow, University of Chicago Medical Center; Anthony D'Amico, M.D., Ph.D., chief, radiation oncology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; May 22, 2012, Annals of Internal Medicine, online


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