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 …

Correlating baseline PSA levels to future 10-year risk of prostate cancer diagnosis

A new paper in the Journal of Urology represents an initial attempt, based on a prospective, multi-ethnic cohort of nearly 3,000 men, to determine whether baseline PSA levels can predict, with a high level of reliability, subsequent risk for and consequential diagnosis of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

A guide to PSA screening guidelines

For those who would like to have access to a sound summary of the recommendations of groups around the world on screening for prostate cancer, we can recommend a recent, relatively brief, and straightforward review article recently published in BJU International. … READ MORE …

What a young primary care opinion leader thinks about screening for prostate cancer

In a guest blog post, published yesterday on the MedPage Today web site, Dr. Andrew Buelt, a co-producer of the “Questioning Medicine” podcast for physicians, takes on the issue of screening for prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

D’Amico on the individualization of prostate cancer risk management

In an interesting article in the September 2014 issue of The ASCO Post, Dr. Anthony D’Amico argues in favor of a future in which individualized approaches to risk will replace PSA screening alone as a means of determining who actually needs to be biopsied and (if necessary) receive treatment for clinically significant prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Cancer screening re-visited again

An article by Melinda Beck in today’s issue of The Wall Street Journal discusses the complex topic of screening, “over-diagnosis”, and over-treatment of low-risk forms of certain cancers (prostate cancer specifically included). … READ MORE …

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to prostate cancer risk assessment

A newly published article in the journal Cancer is probably going to drive a number of readers of this blog to distraction — and for any number of good reasons, starting with the idea that all prostate cancer screening either should be or might be discontinued (as suggested by the USPSTF). … READ MORE …

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