Many readers of this blog will enjoy reviewing the editorial commentary in today’s issue of the influential USA Today, entitled “Skipping prostate test can kill“.
In the interests of “fair balance” we should note that the same issue of USA Today also carries another iteration of the OpEd by Dr. Virginia Moyer, the chairwoman of the USPSTF, entitled “Make informed decisions on PSA“.
The key point being made by USA Today is critical to the entire discussion about the value of the PSA test as a tool to assess risk for prostate cancer. What is true on average for an entire population is most certainly not true for a significant number of individuals in that population. As individual humans, we make decisions about and for ourselves as individuals; from that perspective, the findings of the USPSTF are intellectually accurate and interesting … but they may be completely irrelevant.