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By Molly Clifton

A new study suggests men should start getting PSA screenings for prostate cancer in their mid-forties.

The research in the British Medical Journal followed a large group of men over a 30 year period.

They found 44 percent of prostate cancer deaths happened among men with the highest PSA levels at age 45 to 49.

Before age 45 though, the risk of developing prostate cancer was very low -- even among men with the top 10 percent of PSA levels.

PSA screenings are controversial because some experts say the tests can lead to unnecessary and harmful treatments.

 

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