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Health Discovery Corporation (DWCM.OB) Agrees with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's Position Against PSA-Based Screening for Prostate Cancer and Believes its Four-Gene Assay for Prostate Cancer is the Best Alternative to PSA


10/14/2011 9:55:21 AM

SAVANNAH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health Discovery Corporation (OTCBB: HDVY) today announced its agreement with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) stance against the use of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a test used by 90 percent of U.S. men to screen for prostate cancer. In a draft recommendation released Friday, the Task Force sided against the PSA test, stating that patients are substantially more likely to be harmed by the adverse effects of aggressive treatment prompted by ambiguous test results than they are to reap benefits such as better health or longer life. HDC agrees with reported results that a patient’s quality of life may suffer from overtreatment caused by anxiety, urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, impotence, coronary heart decease, diabetes, increased breast size and hot flashes, depending on treatment. HDC adds that diminished reliance on PSA testing will also help reduce cases of infection and/or nerve damage that have been reported by some patients following biopsy procedures. However, HDC supports prostate cancer screening with a more reliable prostate cancer test and believes that such screening will save lives.

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