Some readers may want to review the article on the Reuters web site entitled “Health panel takes heat on cancer screening advice.”
In this article, not only do current and past members of the USPSTF appear to acknowledge that they could (and should) do a better job of how they communicate the recommendations that they make. They also give some insight into the political pressures that they are now having to deal with as they try to do their job.
If, as a nation, we don’t wnat to follow the guidance of expert panels, there are mechanisms available to deal with this. However, if we are going to fund expert panels to advise us on what works and what doesn’t, then we need to let them do their jobs without political pressure. Alternatively, we can just eliminate the USPSTF … but if we do that the “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink is quite sure that some other organization will pick up this particular ball and run with it … and the consequences could be even worse!