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Study: Prostate Cancer Tests Don't Benefit Older Men

Study: Prostate Cancer Tests Don't Benefit Older Men

POSTED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 5:41am

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 9:48am

A new study finds there's no evidence that prostate cancer tests benefit men in their 80's.

Researchers said that for older men, finding hidden prostate cancer might not be helpful, because the cancer might not cut their lifespan. Usually, once prostate cancer is discovered, it leads to painful and extensive medical treatment.

The study also found that men in their 70's were almost twice as likely as men in their 50's to have a blood test that looks for signs of prostate cancer, even though younger men benefit the most from early screening.

The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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