PSA screening rates: 2005 to 2013

Numerous publications over the past 3 years have addressed the actual and potential consequences of the the US Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF’s) statement discouraging the use of routine PSA-based screening for prostate cancer in otherwise healthy men. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer screening said to be “not cost effective”

A new review article in Future Oncology has suggested that

even when based on favorable randomized controlled trials in younger age groups, prostate cancer screening is still not cost effective.

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To screen or not to screen: an Australian “discrete choice experiment”

The question of whether men should be regularly screened for risk of prostate cancer through the use of the PSA test is (at least) controversial … READ MORE …

New draft Australian guidelines (on screening and expectant management)

A group of Australian experts has just released new draft guidance on prostate cancer screening and the role of expectant management (active surveillance and/or watchful waiting) in the management of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Family history and screening for prostate cancer: no evidence of benefit

In what we believe to be the first report of its kind from anywhere in the world, a new paper has reported that there seems to be no evidence that selective screening of men with a family history of prostate cancer is clinically beneficial compared to men with no family history of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Most “top-rated” web sites advocate shared decision-making about screening

Despite the recommendations of the USPSTF and others, “Only 17 percent of top-ranked consumer health websites advise against screening for prostate cancer” according to a paper just presented by researchers at the the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), currently ongoing in San Francisco. … READ MORE …

CTFPHC rejects widespread screening for risk of prostate cancer

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) has just issued a guidance document that is not going to make most prostate cancer survivors very happy (either in Canada or elsewhere). … READ MORE …

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