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Values and techniques shape decisions about PSA screening

  • Posted: February 12, 2013

An international team of scientists led by the University of North Carolina (home to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center) has published a study evaluating different ways of helping men consider their values about PSA screening. They report that the decision-making process was influenced by the format in which information was presented. The team described PSA screening decision options in terms of four key attributes: effect on prostate cancer mortality, risk of biopsy, risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer and risk of becoming impotent or incontinent as a result of treatment.

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