On October 11, 2011, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released its draft recommendation on prostate cancer screening. In it, the USPSTF recommended for the first time against prostate cancer screening for men of all ages (a grade “D” recommendation). Predictably, this was met with considerable controversy.
The mission of the USPSTF is to improve the health of all persons in the United States by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services. Each USPSTF recommendation is based on a systematic review of the evidence.1 Before making a recommendation about a preventive service, the task force requires that the evidence be sufficient to estimate with at least moderate certainty the balance of benefits relative to harms.2 In this case, across the population of screened men, the USPSTF determined that benefits of prostate-specific antigen (PSA)–based screening for prostate cancer were outweighed by harms.
Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more
Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features
Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)
Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours
Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.
Download citation file:
Web of Science® Times Cited: 13
Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.
JAMA: 2011-12-28, Vol. 306, No. 24, Author Interview
More Listings atJAMACareerCenter.com >
and access these and other features:
Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a link to reset your password.
Enter your username and email address. We'll send instructions on how to reset your password to the email address we have on record.
Athens and Shibboleth are access management services that provide single sign-on to protected resources. They replace the multiple user names and passwords necessary to access subscription-based content with a single user name and password that can be entered once per session. It operates independently of a user's location or IP address. If your institution uses Athens or Shibboleth authentication, please contact your site administrator to receive your user name and password.