Risk levels and family history of prostate cancer: data from the Swiss cohort of the ERSPC

Data just published in BJU International have recently suggested that men with a known, positive family history of prostate cancer are certainly at increased risk of low-grade prostate cancer compared to men with no known family history — but not at increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

To test or not to test … that IS the question!

The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink has been at pains over the past few years to distinguish clearly between the use of PSA tests (and now other tests that are slightly more sophisticated) to test individual patients at a point in time and the use of the PSA test in annual, mass screenings for risk of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Polygenicity, risk for prostate cancer, and the need for regular testing

A new study in the British Journal of Cancer suggests that knowledge of the presence of low or high numbers of known prostate cancer-related genes (polygenicity) “could” be helpful in determining which patients actually need regular testing for risk of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

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.

… READ MORE …

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 …

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