Which organizations have issued guidelines on prostate cancer screening and how do they differ?

Updated: Jul 31, 2017
  • Author: Bagi RP Jana, MD; more...
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Guidelines on prostate cancer screening have been issued by the following organizations:

  • American Cancer Society (ACS)

  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)

  • American Urological Association (AUA)

  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

  • European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO)

  • European Association of Urology/European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology/International Society of Geriatric Oncology (EAU/ESTRO/SIOG)

The guidelines differ in their recommendations regarding whether or not to provide routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA)–based prostate cancer screening, in what age groups and life expectancies, and at what intervals. The guidelines agree that PSA-based prostate cancer screening requires an informed, shared decision-making process, and that the decision should reflect the patient’s understanding of the possible benefits and risks and should respect the patient’s preferences and values.

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