British doctors urge men above age 60 to enroll themselves for a national screening program for prostate cancer. The $15 prostate specific antigen test would rule out the risk in half of the male population and allow doctors to concentrate their scarce resources on those most susceptible to developing and dying from the condition, The Daily Telegraph reported.
A new report suggests that 60 is a watershed age and having one then can definitely do away with the risk of the disease becoming life-threatening. Experts suggest that this further eliminates the need for them to be screened in the future, experts said. However doctors often disagree because more than 65 percent of men with high PSA do not have cancer, raising the risk of misdiagnosis.
Many men, they say could be over-diagnosed and end up undergoing risky surgeries unnecessarily.
Professor Mark Emberton, a prostate cancer expert at University College London, said the test could help get thousands of men off the diagnostic conveyor belt.
The key question, he says is not 'do you have prostate cancer' because most men are going to get it.