Screening for prostate cancer, Norwegian review of international studies

Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services
Record ID 31999009912
Authors' objectives:

To evaluate the available documentation on screening for prostate cancer, as summarised in the INAHTA report 'Prostate Cancer Screening. Evidence Synthesis and Update'.

Authors' recommendations: The group of experts agree with the main conclusion from the INAHTA report; routine screening of asymptotic males for early diagnosis of prostate cancer is not recommended. Any clinical benefit, such as reduced mortality following screening programs, is at present not sufficiently well documented. Moreover, any positive effect from mass screening (such as reduced mortality) must be considered in light of unnecessary medical examinations and treatment as well as the considerable risk of adverse effects following medical inventions (surgical removal of the prostate gland) which in many patients reduce the quality of life. Due to the insufficiencies in the current level of knowledge on prostate cancer, we lack the fundamental scientific knowledge on which to base decisions regarding those medical inventions best suited to prevent, diagnose or treat this disease. Efforts should be taken to increase our understanding of the disease.
Authors' methods: Evaluation study
Project Status: Completed
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Year Published: 1999
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Norway
MeSH Terms
  • Mass Screening
  • Prostatic Neoplasms
Organisation Name: Norwegian Institute of Public Health
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