For men aged 70 and older, the recommendation is that they should not be routinely screened because the potential benefits for men in that age group do not outweigh the potential harms.
The PSA test should still not be used routinely, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended, but physicians should discuss its harms and benefits with men aged 55 to 69. Each man can then “incorporate his values and preferences into his decision.”
The overall cancer death rate declined during the period 2010-2014 by 1.8 percent per year in men, 1.4 percent per year in women and 1.6 percent per year in children.
Not only is unnecessary screening wasting billions of dollars each year, it’s also leading to real harm.