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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Ian M. Thompson Jr., M.D., professor and chair of urology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is looking for a better test - or set of tests - to diagnose prostate cancer and to distinguish between cancers that will kill men if left untreated and those that will not threaten health and do not need treatment.
The widely used PSA test (prostate-specific antigen) is not getting the job done by itself, and more than ever the onus is on men to discuss risks and options with their physicians.
That is strongly confirmed in a new study to be reported in the July 6 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. …