Prostate cancer screening in black men—new questions, few answers


  • Durado D. Brooks MD, MPH

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    1. Prostate and Colorectal Cancers, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia
    • Corresponding author: Durado D. Brooks, MD, MPH, Prostate and Colorectal Cancers, American Cancer Society, 250 Williams Street, Suite 6C, Atlanta, GA 30303;

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  • See referenced original article on pages 2223–9, this issue.


A report in this issue of Cancer on disparate follow-up of abnormal prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels among younger black men in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian cancer screening trial raises new concerns regarding the adequacy of evidence available to assess the balance of risk and harms of PSA-based screening for these men. Clinicians should analyze published screening recommendations with an understanding of the data gaps regarding this population, and shortcomings in the existing evidence base must be addressed.