And now PSA “screening” does save lives again … maybe


A new article just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has suggested that PSA testing really does save lives. But the new article isn’t based on any really new data.

We are currently trying to obtain a copy of the article to review it with care, but it basically seems to be a statistical re-analysis of data from the ERSPC and the PLCO trials.

We aren’t going to comment on it until we have had a chance to actually read the whole paper with care, but in the interim some readers might like to review the following:

What is already apparent is the importance of what people actually mean by the terms “screening” and “testing”, and what one actually does as a consequence of the results of such tests. That’s hardly a big surprise.

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