New York medical professionals may have mixed thoughts on changing recommendations related to screening for various types of cancer. An announcement occurred in 2012 at which time a task force noted that prostate cancer screening was not a necessity for most men. High-risk individuals, including those in the African-American community and those whose families have a history of cancer, were still identified as candidates for PSA screening.
Statistics for prostate screening have decreased since that 2012 announcement. The number of men over 50 being screened is 18 percent lower than at that time. Similar statistics have been noted in older demographic groups as well. Early prostate cancer detection has also decreased in that time frame. There is a concern that the lower numbers of early cancer cases might be the result of inadequate screening. However, one of the primary reasons for the task force making its recommendations was the fact that many cancers being treated after PSA screening were slow-growing. The effects of treatment tended to be more damaging than the cancers being treated.