ANCHOR LEAD: The recent guidelines announced for prostate cancer early detection provide physicians and their patients a more balanced approach to screening. Brian Osuch has more. (:60)
SCRIPT: Health Care Now, I'm Brian Osuch. The Large Urology Group Practice Association, or LUGPA, represents more than two-thousand urologists nationwide. The group's President, Dr. Deepak Kapoor, says LUGPA supports the rights of men to access appropriate prostate cancer screening.
CUT: (Dr. Kapoor) As our knowledge and understanding of clinical disease expands and is refined, we modify our approach to patients to reflect evidence-based best practices. What has not changed is the commitment of urologists nationwide to protect a man's right to access potentially life-saving PSA testing.
SCRIPT: Prostate cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death in men. Dr. Kapoor says with PSA screening, urologists are detecting cancer earlier and saving lives.
CUT: (Dr. Kapoor) The recommendations… provide a more nuanced approach in screening, including an understanding that screening may be appropriate for older men with a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years, as well as younger men, particularly those in high risk populations – such as those with a family history of prostate cancer or African-American men.
SCRIPT: That's Health Care Now from LUGPA.
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