One man’s OpEd is not the only form of truth

Yesterday, Dr. Deepak Kapoor, a urologist and the Chairman of Health Policy for the Large Urology Group Practice Association (LUGPA), published his opinions about PSA testing and risk for prostate cancer based on such testing in an OpEd article in the New York Times. … READ MORE …

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A group of Australian experts has just released new draft guidance on prostate cancer screening and the role of expectant management (active surveillance and/or watchful waiting) in the management of prostate cancer.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

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