New revisions proposed for prostate cancer checkups

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Forces is recommending that men no longer get screened for prostate cancer through the PSA or prostate specific antigen test.

This is the same group that unleashed a firestorm saying women in their 40's didn't need regular mammogram's.

Bobby Smith is thankful his doctors started running a PSA test on him in his 40's.

"My PSA established a history that provided the next step for me to be diagnosed with prostate cancer," he said.

He says it saved his life.

Dr. Michael Hardacre is a radiation oncologist who agrees with Smith.

"As an oncologist, we really separate information on what fits a population best versus what serves our patients," said Dr. Hardacre.

He says 40,000 men a year lose their lives to prostate cancer. It's a big public health problem.

"To just all of a sudden abandon one of the strongest tools we have to finding those cancers, we see as a step back that would put us back 30 years in cancer research."

Smith was diagnosed November 12, 2008. 2013 will be his cancer free date.

"I believe they are completely off base with their studies or what ever they are using to make these decisions," said Smith.

Dr. Hardacre says the patient's personal physician will look at things like family history, risk factors and will be better equipped to make that call.

Some patients believe this is a major mistake. They compare it to other national advice coming out, asking women to postpone baseline mammography screening for breast cancer.

Smith says he feels blessed the test was there. Smith says he is a perfect example why the tests should be run every year.

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