USPSTF Recommends Against Using the PSA

The U.S. Preventive Service Taskforce (USPSTF) has reviewed their prostate cancer screening recommendation and issued a new draft recommendation lowering the PSA screening rating from an I (“inconclusive”) to a D (“The USPSTF recommends against the service.”).

You can read the draft recommendation here: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf12/prostate/draftrecprostate.htm

You will find a table explaining the various recommendation levels (A-B-C-D-I) about ¾ down the page (“Table 1: What the Grades Mean and Suggestions for Practice”).

The prostate cancer community individually, and collectively through the Prostate Cancer Roundtable, is responding with media outreach and comments for the record during the open comment period.

The Task Force will accept comments on this draft recommendation statement from Tuesday, October 11, 2011 through November 8, 2011. For instructions on how to submit comments see: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm

To submit your comment, click here:
http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf_form3/

The Taskforce will then consider the comments and issue final recommendations, probably within 2 – 6 months.

To remain current, contact one of the member organizations of this Roundtable.