Online Program

Prostate cancer screening: Helping MEN decide

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Durado Brooks, MD, MPH, Cancer Control Science, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA
Guidelines on prostate cancer screening from most major medical organizations recommend an informed decision-making approach for all men, including African Americans and other men at increased risk. Despite these widespread recommendations, evidence suggests that true informed decision making discussions infrequently take place and that clinicians have limited knowledge regarding the information needs of men around this decision. This issue is particularly salient in view of the recent US Preventive Services Taskforce recommendation against screening for prostate cancer for all men, including men at increased risk. This presentation will provide important information to clinicians and health educators to clarify what is known and what remains to be determined with regard to the efficacy of prostate cancer screening and treatment in average risk and high risk men, and will highlight evidence-based recommendations and tools to help men make a decision whether to be screened for this disease. The discussion will include: a) an overview of key information to be shared with men who are facing a prostate cancer screening decision; b) discussion of best practices for informed decision making, and; c) introduction to validated tools (decision aids) designed to effectively communicate prostate cancer screening information to these men.

Learning Areas:

Clinical medicine applied in public health
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the potential benefits and known limitations of prostate cancer early detection and treatment with men who are considering being screened for the disease. List evidence-based tools designed to assist men in making this decision. Identify men for whom prostate cancer early detection is unlikely to be of benefit, and for whom screening is therefore not recommended

Keyword(s): Cancer Screening, Self-sufficiency and Empowerment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have more than 15 years of clinical practice, caring for men as a general internist. In my current role with the American Cancer Society I have been engaged in the development and dissemination of prostate cancer screening guidelines, and spearheaded the development of the ACS decision aid for prostate cancer screening.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.