publication date: May. 11, 2018

Conversation with The Cancer Letter Do African Americans, others at high risk benefit from starting PSA screening early?

The data available to US Preventive Services Task Force didn’t address an important question: what do you recommend to African American men who are twice as likely to develop prostate cancer and die from it as the general population?

Should they start screening earlier? Would that make a difference?

The same questions apply to other high-risk populations.

“While we can infer, and from the data say, that African American men and men with a family history should at least get the same benefit as average-risk men 55 to 69, we’re not able to say whether they get greater benefit,” said Alex Krist, a USPSTF member, professor of family medicine and population health at Virginia Commonwealth University, a clinician at the Fairfax Family Practice, and co-director of the Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network.

“And that’s a big health disparity since they have higher rates of getting and dying from prostate cancer. I would define that as the main evidence hole that really, much more urgently, needs to be filled.”

Krist spoke with Paul Goldberg, editor and publisher of The Cancer Letter

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Alex H. Krist

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