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On May 8, 2018 the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued final recommendations for prostate cancer screening. Following a review of the evidence, the Task Force recommends that men aged 55 to 69 years make an individual decision about whether to be screened based on consideration of their values and preferences and a conversation with their clinician about the potential benefits and harms. These final guidelines formalize the draft recommendations announced last year emphasizing shared decision making for men between the ages of 55 to 69, and represent a positive step over previous recommendations against PSA-based prostate cancer screening. The task force recommends against screening for men 70 years and older, indicating that the potential benefits do not outweigh the expected harms.