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From Summer/Fall 2013 Quest

In June, the European Association of Urology (EAU) released new guidelines for the early detection of prostate cancer, including a recommendation to obtain a baseline PSA for men 40-45 years of age. The EAU also recommends adjusting follow-up PSA intervals according to a man’s baseline PSA.

The purpose of obtaining a baseline PSA is to reduce deaths from prostate cancer, as early detection reduces mortality and risk of metastatic and advanced prostate cancer. The EAU noted that the future development of multivariable risk-prediction tools will be necessary to prevent overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

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