The media — over the past few days — has taken every opportunity to “stoke the furore” about the USPSTF’s recommendation that PSA screening (of all men aged 50 to 75 years of age, or thereabouts) is not justified by the available data.
Here is a list of a few articles that some of you may be interested in reading:
- “The trouble with prostate cancer tests” appeared on the CNN web site this morning, along with a related article entitled “Should I get screened for that?”
- “Why discourage routine prostate PSA tests” appeared on the Los Angeles Times web site on Saturday.
- A related article entitled, “Mammography is ‘terribly imperfect’ though recommended” appeared on the USA Today web site on Sunday.
- “U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: who are these people?” came out on the Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog last Friday, along with a second article entitled “Prostate cancer: a PSA researcher questions PSA tests.”
These are just six examples from a list of 20+ articles that we are aware of in the major media alone.