Genetics, PSA, and steps toward a better prostate cancer risk management strategy

A new analysis of a large data set compiled by Kaiser Permanente suggests that combining PSA data with genetic risk data may offer a much more effective way to assess risk for clinically significant prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Risk, prostate cancer, and being 70 to 80 years of age

So a relatively new article in Reviews in Urology caught your Sitemaster’s eye this morning — and worried him because it seemed to be communicating a conclusion of questionable accuracy, which we will explore below. And if we have misinterpreted the data provide in the paper, we are more than willing to be corrected. … READ MORE …

USPSTF selects AUA-nominated urologist to review evidence report on prostate cancer screening

As many readers will be aware, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is in process of developing a new “evidence report” which will form the basis of any update to current USPSTF recommendations about prostate cancer screening. … READ MORE …

“The PSA clock” by Dr. Michael Glodé

Dr. Michael Glodé is a medical oncologist who practices in Colorado, and who has extensive experience in the management of prostate cancer. He also blogs on a regular basis at prost8blog. Your sitemaster tries to remember to check in on that blog site from time to time because it has long been very clear that Dr. Glodé takes the needs of his patients very seriously. … READ MORE …

So drinking cranberry juice can lower your PSA level, but what does that mean?

As we have noted numerous times before, there are all sorts of things that can be done to lower one’s PSA level, but knowing whether these effects are clinically meaningful is a very different issue. … READ MORE …

What you can’t prove can still be presented as if it were the truth

Another new article (this time in the journal JAMA Surgery) has tried to draw links between the USPSTF guidance on prostate cancer screening and a decrease in the numbers of men being referred to urologists for prostate biopsies and radical prostatectomies. … READ MORE …

Responsibilities unasked for and the role of the USPSTF

A commentary in this week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine provides some valuable, historical insight into how it was that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) ended up with responsibilities that many of its members never wanted. … READ MORE …