Gov't panel makes controversial prostate cancer recommendation

WOODBURY - A government panel now says healthy men should not routinely get the PSA blood test for prostate cancer.

The panel says that reasonably healthy men over 50 should not necessarily take the test annually, calling the test itself flawed, and citing false positives as a possible risk.

The country's largest urology group issued a statement denouncing the recommendation.

The American Cancer Society says that at age 50, patients should consult with their doctor on whether or not to be screened.

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