A federal task force issued its final decision: no more routine PSA tests for men of any age. Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society told NPR’s Shots blog, “A goodly proportion of men who have localized prostate cancer actually have a disease that will never kill them if left alone. More than a million men were needlessly cured of their prostate cancer over the last 20 years.”

The PSA test should be abandoned as a prostate cancer screening tool, a government advisory panel has concluded after determining that the side effects from needless biopsies and treatments hurt many more men than are potentially helped by early detection of cancers.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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