Oct 16, 2013 1:53 PM by NBC News

Prostate screening rates vary

New research reveals prostate screening rates for older men vary greatly, depending on their primary care physicians.

Testing rates among men over 75 have stayed high, although screenings are not recommended for this age group.

More than 40% of men in the study got a PSA screening, and 28% were ordered to do so by their primary care doctor.

Researchers found some doctors were as much as ten times more likely to recommend screenings in older men than others.

They say more studies are needed to look into this high variability among doctors, and why so many older men are tested unnecessarily.



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