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Curr Urol Rep. 2010 May;11(3):198-201. doi: 10.1007/s11934-010-0109-5.

Prostate cancer screening: what we have learned from the PLCO and ERSPC trials.

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Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, Oregon Health and Sciences University, 3303 SW Bond Avenue, Mail Code CH10U, Portland, OR, 97239, USA. larochel@ohsu.edu

Abstract

Two large randomized trials on prostate cancer screening have recently reported their 10-year results with somewhat differing conclusions. The Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening (PLCO) study found a slightly higher risk of a prostate cancer diagnosis in the screening cohort, but no cancer-specific survival advantage was seen for this group. However, the study had widespread screening contamination in the control arm that significantly weakens the study's ability to reach a valid conclusion about the benefits of screening. The European Randomized Study of Screening in Prostate Cancer (ERSPC) was less affected by screening contamination of the control arm, and a cancer-specific survival benefit for the screening arm was seen by 7-8 years (RR, 0.70-0.80). Based on these studies, it is reasonable to conclude that there is a survival benefit for screening, but it may not extend to older men (>75 years) who have undergone prior screening.

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20425627
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10.1007/s11934-010-0109-5
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