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May 27, 2004

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Oregon

BYU student reported missing

Police searched on Wednesday for a Brigham Young University student feared abducted from the parking lot of an apartment complex.

Brooke Wilberger, 19, was cleaning light fixtures in the parking lot Monday when she was last seen by her sister, police said. Her sister and brother-in-law manage the apartment complex in Corvallis.

A piece of her clothing was found in the parking lot, her purse and other personal items were inside her sister's apartment, and her car was still parked in the lot, Capt. Robert Deutsch said.

Boston

PSA tests missing prostate cancer

A disturbing new study has found that 15 percent of older men with supposedly normal readings on the widely used PSA test have prostate cancer anyway, and some even have aggressive tumors.

The findings intensify the dilemma of how to interpret the test results and how to treat men with no symptoms.

Some experts think the threshold for what constitutes normal on the PSA test should be lowered, at least in some cases. But others say that could lead to more unnecessary operations in the many men whose tumors are so slow-growing that something else will kill them before the cancer ever does.

"It's a very powerful test, but it's not perfect," said Dr. Leonard Gomella, a urologist at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

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