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A: Screening should include a PSA blood test, the cancer society says. In a change to its guidelines, the group says a digital rectal exam is now optional rather than a standard part of any screening.
Q: My church is sponsoring a mobile testing program, should I go?
A: The new guidelines raise concerns about community screening programs. The cancer society says those programs should provide information about the risks and benefits of screening, and adequate follow-up care for men with abnormal results. Otherwise, men shouldn't participate, the group says. Men with Medicare should go to a doctor instead.
Q: It's all too confusing. What if I can't decide whether to get screened?
A: You can let your doctor decide, but the guidance for that has changed. Previously, the cancer society recommended that a doctor should screen an undecided patient. Now, the group leaves it up to the doctor, factoring in the patient's health and values.
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