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Rockford doctors react to prostate screening recommendations

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A medical group asks doctors to change their recommendations about who should be screened for prostate cancer.

The American College of Physicians advises against what are called PSA tests for men younger than 50, older than 69 or with less than 10 or 15 years to live.

The concern is some tests catch cancers that would never affect a man's life. But patients are treated anyway, sometimes with severe side effects. Rockford doctors say the new recommendations present options.

"Some patients will decide they don't want to be screened and some patients will accept the screening. So that put back the patient in charge of their health decision. Which I think is important in this recommendation," said Dr. Nameer Almardini with Swedish American Hospital.

The American Urological Association says the decision on whether to screen patients should be based on the individual.

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