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No-Wait Prostate Test Results; New In-Office Blood Analysis for Cancer Leaves Less Time to Sweat the Outcome
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Date: Feb 6, 2001
Start Page: T.06
Section: HEALTH TAB

The American Cancer Society recommends that beginning at age 50, men should have an annual DRE and PSA test. African American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer should start sooner. The U.S. Army now includes routine PSA testing as part of its official "Over 40" physical exam, according to Judd Moul, director of the Department of Defense Center for Prostate Disease Research. Moul recommends that African American men consider annual PSA testing starting at age 40.

While the FastPack system will eventually be used to screen for a broad range of disorders -- including thyroid disorders, infectious diseases and diabetes -- the total PSA test is the first available using the technology. Once the FDA approves its wider use, Bartin Wachs of the Atlantic Urology Medical Group in Long Beach, Calif., expects that the FastPack system may do for PSA testing what rapid testing has done for cholesterol screening.

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