Disagreement over prostate cancer screening guidelines in Oz

Here in the USA, the two main organizations representing the primary care community ( the American College of Physicians [ACP] and the American Academy of Family Physicians [AAFP]) have taken no specific position on early detection and screening for prostate cancer since the ACP issued a now “inactive” guideline in 1997. … READ MORE …

Co-morbidity and management of the man with low-risk, localized prostate cancer

At the beginning of November, we commented on a re-analysis of the PLCO data by Crawford et al. — a re-analysis that focused on the impact of co-morbidities on treatment and outcomes over time. … READ MORE …

PSA testing seems to lower long-term risk for prostate cancer metastasis

We have previously noted that there is a clear association between early detection and a reduced likelihood of diagnosis with more advanced forms of prostate cancer. Now it seems that early detection actually reduces risk for metastasis too. … READ MORE …

Recession may eliminate prostate cancer/men’s health programs in Illinois

State-based men’s health and prostate cancer initiatives across America are beginning to be seriously affected by budget crises now being addressed by legislatures across the country. … READ MORE …

A leadership opinion on prostate cancer “screening”

Two opinion-leaders behind the development and execution of the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer (ERSPC) have asked whether data from that trial and from the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer (PLCO) screening trial have “resolved the controversy” about the need for mass, population-based “screening” for prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

A four-kallikrein panel and biopsy outcomes in previously untested men

In 2008, Vickers et al. initially proposed that a panel of four kallikrein markers, together with patient age, could potentially reduce the need for unnecessary biopsies in previously untested men with an elevated PSA level and a theoretical risk for prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

On the pros and cons of screening for prostate cancer

A critical session at the GU cancer meeting this morning was designed to address the pros and cons of screening patients for prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

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