Declining use of the DRE at a large VA medical center: is this a national trend?

Once upon a time (not so very long ago) the digital rectal examination or DRE was the only non-invasive test that a physician could use to assess whether a patient was at risk for localized prostate cancer and/or other prostate problems. Alas, the use of this test appears to be falling out of favor, which is probably not a good thing. … READ MORE …

DRE is still a key diagnostic tool in assessing risk for prostate cancer

A new study just published in the Canadian Journal of Urology has reminded us of the importance of the digital rectal emamination (DRE) in the initial diagnosis of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Should the DRE really be “optional” today?

Until very recently, all available guidelines for the early assessment of risk for prostate cancer clearly recommended the use of a physical examination (a digital rectal exam or DRE) in addition to a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. … READ MORE …

The Norrkoping prostate cancer screening trial — with 20-year follow-up

A new report just published as an open access, full-text article at BMJ.com is going to further confuse the issue of whether mass, population-based screening for prostate cancer is or isn’t a good idea. … READ MORE …

Dutch urologists say prostate cancer screening “cannot be justified”

A new review by specialists from Erasmus University Medical Center, just published in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, states categorically that mass, population-based screening  for prostate cancer “cannot be justified yet in the context of a public health policy.” … READ MORE …

Some common sense about prostate cancer screening … from Australia

A new article in the Australian Medical Journal is titled, “It’s time to depolarise the unhelpful PSA-testing debate and put into practice lessons from the two major international screening trials.” We think this article makes a lot of sense. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news reports: Thursday, October, 2009

In today’s news reports we cover items on:

  • Risks for prostate cancer from  smoking and increased adipose tissue
  • The role of religious activities in prostate cancer testing among African Americans
  • Blood loss at the time of surgery and risk for progressive disease … READ MORE …
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