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U.S. Preventive Service Task Force changes PSA testing from a “Grade D” to a “Grade C.”

April 11, 2017

African American men welcome the change in PSA testing recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force from a “Grade D” to a “Grade C.” This change reverses their 2012 decision against PSA screening of all men, to screening individual patients based on professional judgment and patient preference. Thanks to the leadership of Chairperson Dr. Kirstin Bibbins-Domingo, more African American men will have the PSA test option, which hopefully will afford African American men choices once denied. Will this lead to a healthier prostate? Maybe.

Remember a PSA test is but one data point, which will require analysis by patients and doctors. Patients and doctors must educate and/or reeducate themselves to the best practices on how to interpret this new data.

Let’s keep empowering all patients.

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