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Further evidence of PSA screening success

Deaths from prostate cancer are likely to fall after introduction of PSA screening, according to a study comparing different regions in Austria.

The expected number of deaths from prostate cancer fell by 54% in the Tyrol after PSA testing was introduced in 1988 and free to all men aged 45-75 since 1993.

But in the rest of Austria, where no routine screening was introduced, deaths fell by only 29%. There was no evidence of different mortality trends in the two areas before introduction of screening.

BJU International 2008;101:809-16

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