Informing the media community about prostate cancer and its management

A new article on the HealthNewsReview web site addresses issues related to the diagnosis of prostate cancer and the management of low-risk forms of the disease using active surveillance. … READ MORE …

A Lancet Oncology editorial

This week’s issue of The Lancet Oncology carries an interesting editorial entitled “Perceptions of cancer in society must change.” It’s well worth a read. And the full text is available on line. … READ MORE …

How to mislead the public: a case study in apparent naivety

An article in today’s Daily Telegraph in the UK starts with the misleading statement that, “Up to half of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are being given ‘false hope’ by tests that are underestimating the severity of their disease, according to the authors of a new study.” … READ MORE …

Tea drinking and risk for prostate cancer (in Scotland if nowhere else)

Back in the dim and distant past (i.e., the 1960s and 1970s), relatively high levels of tea consumption were common in most of the United Kingdom, and coffee was an uncommon substitute. This is certainly not so true today. However, … READ MORE …

Another “breakthrough” in prostate cancer research? Hmmm?

In a hype-laden media release from the 16th World Congress on Advances in Oncology and 14th International Symposium on Molecular Medicine ongoing in Rhodes, Greece, comes another of those “breakthrough” claims with no actual data. … READ MORE …

The media and the two major prostate cancer screening trials

An unexpected publication in the urology literature is an article analyzing the ways in which selected major media reported on the results of the Prostate Lung Colorectal Ovarian Cancer (PLCO) and the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer (ERSPC) trials after their publication in the New England Journal of Medicine in early 2009. … READ MORE …

A study in media management for prostate cancer support group leaders

There has been a prostate cancer furore in Las Vegas, where a locally respected urologist has had his medical license suspended after being accused of re-using single-use needle guides in the conduct of prostate biopsies (see this article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal). … READ MORE …