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SHOULD YOU SCREEN?

ANCHOR LEAD:  SHOULD YOU BE SCREENED FOR BREAST OR PROSTATE CANCER?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

The American Cancer Society is considering changing its message when it comes to screening for breast and prostate cancers, based on extensive analysis of research on the subject.  Does this mean you can give these screenings a miss?  Ben Park, a breast cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, has another interpretation.

PARK:  Women and men out there might think this suggests that we shouldn’t be doing any screening for cancer at all.  I don’t think that’s the message the authors of the JAMA study wanted to send out, rather I think that what they’re trying to say is that we can do better.  Prostate cancer screening using PSA in the blood has always been somewhat controversial, in terms of does it really affect outcome.  Less so for breast cancer, I think there are a number of studies now that have shown time and time again that there really is a risk reduction in breast cancer deaths if we do screening mammography particularly in women over fifty.            :31

Park says people who have questions about screening should have a discussion with their physician regarding risks and benefits.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.



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