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Prostate cancer represents about 27% of all cancers in men, and is the second deadliest form of cancer. Last year, an estimated 26,000 men died of prostate cancer. 

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2017 include:

by IRWIN Z. ROTHENBERG, MBA, MS, CLS(ASCP) 

The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA 88) created the concept of waived tests which are defined as tests that are so simple to perform, and produce accurate results so reliably, as to render the likelihood of erroneous results negligible; and which also pose no reasonable risk of harm to the patient even if the test is performed incorrectly. Thus, these tests are exempt from federal requirements for personnel qualification, training, and competency assessment; quality control (except as specified by the manufacturer), proficiency testing, quality assessment, and the need for routine inspection.