Too old for prostate cancer?

August 4, 2008 3:43:20 PM PDT
The U.S. government is shaking up the recommendations for prostate cancer screening. And they're not sitting well with some doctors.

The new recommendations say men 75-years-of-age and older should not be screened for prostate cancer.

The government task force said a 75 year-old will likely only live another 10 years, and most cancers that develop at that age grow so slowly, they won't pose a serious threat for years. Experts who agree with the new recommendations say they will cut down on the number of unnecessary tests.

But other doctors argue, with men living longer, the new guidelines could short-change them.