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[at-l] PSA



There is a great deal of difference in Prostate Cancer in the relatively 
young and the over 70 population. There are differences in how aggressive 
one should be in testing and in treatment. Family history and personal past 
history are at least as important as the numbers obtained, with the rate of 
change far more helpful than blind observance of an individual result.

False positive errors are a symptom of a good health care system willing to 
err on the side of caution. There are economic costs involved in failing to 
treat. There are differing rates of aging among populations. Societal costs 
are present, although a bit harder to pin down.

I'd be a bit concerned about a physician who limits access to care on age 
standards alone.

OrangeBug


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