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The US Preventive Services Task Force is recommending that PSA screening of asymptomatic men age 50 and older be discontinued. Personally, I feel this is nuts! In other words, if you’re over 50 years of age and are not experiencing any problems in your water works department, they don’t want a PSA blood test for all of the $65 or $70 that it will cost you and/or the insurance company. I’m not a doctor nor do I play one on the radio, but I realize that almost no medical tests are 100% accurate. That is to say, many, many tests come back with either “false/positive” or “false/negative”. My guest this Monday afternoon completely disagrees with me. He’s Dr. Dale Peterson, author of the book “Building Health by Design: Adding Life to Your Years and Years to Your Life”. This guy is a real doctor, a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Medicine. He’s done the whole thing, past president of the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians, full-time family practice, Chief of Staff, Clinical Professor, etc. AND, this guy doesn’t believe in getting HIS PSA tested and he’s over 60. I’ve told him that he is “wrong, wrong, wrong” and after several e-mails, he’s agreed to come on the Puffman Show this Monday afternoon at 4:35PM. I also told him that I’ll disagree with him both on AND off the air as well as disagree with this crazy idea from the US Preventive Services Task Force. I was happy to note that at least Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville isn’t going along with this recommendation. I still say, men, if you’re over 50, have an annual PSA check. It might save your life! Dr. Peterson will be here with his side of the story on Monday.

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