The unintended burden of increased prostate cancer detection associated with prostate cancer screening and diagnosis

Urology. 2010 Feb;75(2):399-405. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2009.08.078. Epub 2009 Nov 22.


The increasing incidence of prostate cancer is associated with the intensity of screening for prostate-specific antigen. Although some men may benefit from the early detection of prostate cancer through screening, all men diagnosed with prostate cancer experience an effect on their mental and physical well-being and that of their families. In light of the recent publication of the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendations concerning prostate-specific antigen testing, this article reviews the quality-of-life implications of prostate cancer screening and diagnosis, and explores risk reduction in screened men as a potential strategy to manage these issues.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Quality of Life*
  • Risk Factors