Screening and its consequences: an interview with Laura Esserman

Yesterday, Medscape Oncology published a brief interview with Dr. Laura Esserman (under the title “Cancer screening: when less is more“) that will be of interest to a number of our regular readers. … READ MORE …

Appropriate use of the PSA test for assessing risk of prostate cancer

The following quotation is from the abstract of a recent review of the appropriate use of the PSA test in the assessment of risk for prostate cancer: … READ MORE …

New “six-point” statement about prostate cancer screening (redux)

Three weeks ago we mentioned a new six-point statement about PSA screening developed at a meeting in Melbourne, Australia. We would note that an updated set of information about this statement is now available on the BJU International web site. … READ MORE …

PSA testing, life and health insurance, and full disclosure

Many readers of this blog quite certainly have strong opinions about the position of the American Cancer Society (ACS) on use of the PSA test in assessment of risk for prostate cancer. However, one does have to give credit where credit is due on a related matter. … READ MORE …

New, six-point statement about PSA testing issued at PCWC

According to a report on the Bloomberg.com web site, attendees meeting at the Prostate Cancer World Congress (PCWC) in Melbourne, Australia have issued a new, six-point consensus statement about the use of the PSA test in the initial detection of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

New data from the Rotterdam section of the ERSPC: we need better tools

New follow-up data from the Rotterdam section of the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer (ERSPC) trial at a median of 12.8 years suggest that the overall, absolute, prostate cancer-specific mortality rate was 1.8 per 1,000 men randomized or 0.18 percent. … READ MORE …

What has your doctor told you about PSA testing?

According to a recent article in the Annals of Family Medicine, about 64 percent of 3,400 men aged between 50 and 74 years of age who participated in a survey conducted in 2010 stated that they had never had a conversation with their doctor about the pros and cons of PSA testing. … READ MORE …

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