The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force has reevaluated their stance on screening for prostate cancer and has released updated recommendations.

WEB ONLY iStock_000008787577SmallIn 2012, the task force recommended against routinely checking the levels of prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, in the blood, saying that the risks outweighed the rewards. But the latest draft loosens the reins for men 55 to 69 with no symptoms or history of prostate cancer: The former D rating, which discourages screening, has been upgraded to a C, which leaves the decision up to “a man’s values and preferences,” the task force said in a statement.

MEN 55 to 69 years

The decision about whether to be screened for prostate cancer should be an individual one. The USPSTF recommends that clinicians inform men ages 55 to 69 years about the potential benefits and harms of prostate-specific antigen (PSA)–based screening for prostate cancer. Screening offers a small potential benefit of reducing the chance of dying of prostate cancer. However, many men will experience potential harms of screening, including false-positive results that require additional workup, overdiagnosis and overtreatment, and treatment complications such as incontinence and impotence. The USPSTF recommends individualized decisionmaking about screening for prostate cancer after discussion with a clinician, so that each man has an opportunity to understand the potential benefits and harms of screening and to incorporate his values and preferences into his decision.

MEN 70 & older

The USPSTF recommends against PSA-based screening for prostate cancer in men age 70 years and older.

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Dr. Vipul Patel is Awarded the B.C. Roy Eminent Medical Person Award

Patel awardIf you follow us, you know that our founder Dr. Vipul Patel is out to change the world!! Not only does he do amazing work here in the United States, but he is also always traveling the world to educate and train other physicians and patients.  IMG_4095IMG_4097

Dr. Vipul Patel has been awarded the B.C. Roy Eminent Medical Person Award, the highest honor any medical professional in India can receive. This award was instituted in 1976 in memory of B.C. Roy by the Medical Council of India. The Award is given annually in each of the following categories: Statesmanship of the Highest Order in India, Medical man-cum-Statesman, Eminent Medical Person, Eminent person in Philosophy, Eminent person in Science and Eminent person in Arts. This award was presented to Dr. Patel in March of 2017 by the President of India, and the Prime Minister was also on hand to offer his Congratulations.