It’s not “as big a deal as you might think”

What isn’t as big a deal as we might think? According to The New York Times this morning, the US Preventive Services Task Force’s new recommendations about prostate cancer screening. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer detection and associated risk management

Dr. Michael Barry has been a long-time advocate for caution in the appropriate use of PSA testing and for awareness of the risks of over-treatment of low-risk forms of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Who really needs to be given a prostate biopsy?

A newly published article in Reviews in Urology argues that, on economic grounds alone, the majority of patients thought to be at risk for prostate cancer should have a 4KScore test prior to them being given a biopsy since this test can rule out the need for biopsies with a high degree of accuracy. … READ MORE …

PSA density vs. PSA level and the prediction of prostate cancer risk

A newly published study in the journal Urology (the “Gold Journal”) has suggested that — at least for patients with a PSA level between 4 and 10 ng/ml — PSA density may be better than PSA level in the determination of which of these patients need to go on to have a biopsy. … READ MORE …

How primary care physicians could better help prostate cancer patients

A newly published article on the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine offers some helpful guidance to primary care  physicians on the subject of prostate cancer diagnosis and its management. … READ MORE …

Nearer to a simple, cost-effective blood test for diagnosis of cancer(s)?

According to a report on the Reuters web site this morning, an Indian company called Strand Life Sciences that is based in Bengaluru (Bangalore) has just launched (in India) a simple blood test that may be usable to diagnose a whole spectrum of different types of cancer. … READ MORE …

Getting closer to diagnosing prostate cancer “by a sniff test”

Yet another research group is presenting data this week (at a meeting of the American Chemical Society) on the potential to identify risk for prostate cancer based on smell. … READ MORE ….