Marc A. Bjurlin, DO
Optimal screening in prostate cancer remains a work in progress, notes Marc A. Bjurlin, DO, particularly with the utilization of active surveillance and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing shifting due to updated collaborative guidelines from ASCO, AUA, ASTRO, and SUO released in 2017.
on Genitourinary Cancers, Bjurlin, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Urology, NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, discussed ongoing efforts to optimize prostate cancer screening.
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The way that we screen and detect prostate cancer has changed significantly over the last several years. Traditionally, we have screened men with PSA serum blood tests and have found that there is quite a low specificity for detecting prostate cancer. As a result, we had an overdiagnosis and overtreatment of low-grade prostate cancer that [may] never hurt a patient or affect their longevity.
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