7 months after the USPSTF recommendation on PSA testing of healthy males

Here is a link to story yesterday on MedPage Today about differing perspectives on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation about the appropriateness of annual PSA testing for otherwise healthy men for their risk for prostate cancer — some 7 months after the final USPSTF recommendation was formally released. … READ MORE …

Why is likelihood of prostate cancer diagnosis declining?

In an article discussed earlier this week on this web site (click here for more), Howard argued that the USPSTF recommendation to abandon PSA screening in men of ≥ 75 years of age was a key factor in the decrease in the incidence of prostate cancer in men in this age group. But is Dr. Howard right? … READ MORE

Incidence of diagnosis of prostate cancer declines from 2007 to 2009 in USA

According to a brief research letter by Howard, just published in Archives of Internal Medicine, the incidence of prostate cancer diagnosis in men of ≥ 75 years declined significantly after the issuance of the 2008 recommendation by the USPSTF that PSA screening for prostate cancer was not appropriate in men of 75 years and older. … READ MORE …

Discussion of USPSTF recommendation continues apace

Many readers of this blog will enjoy reviewing the editorial commentary in today’s issue of the influential USA Today, entitled “Skipping prostate test can kill“. … READ MORE …

At least one intelligent response to the USPSTF recommendation

Dan Zenka, a prostate cancer patient and a Senior VP with the Prostate Cancer Foundation, appears to have published one of the more intelligent responses to the USPSTF recommendation on PSA screening since Monday’s announcement. Have a look at his blog post. … READ MORE …

USPSTF makes unsophisticated “final” decision about role of PSA testing

According to an article in  today’s Annals of Internal Medicine, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force or USPSTF has confirmed its prior draft recommendation against all “routine” use of PSA testing for risk of prostate cancer, stating that “This recommendation applies to men in the general U.S. population, regardless of age.” … READ MORE …

Sebelius has NOT overruled USPSTF recommendation after all

For our US-based readers … It appears that Rep. Kucinich’s statements on his web site (reported on this web site a few days ago) are something of a political simplification of reality. … READ MORE …

The USPSTF, communication, and the politics of cancer screening guidance

Some readers may want to review the article on the Reuters web site entitled “Health panel takes heat on cancer screening advice.” … READ MORE …

AUA issues full, formal comments on USPSTF draft recommendation

On November 8, the American Urological Asociation (AUA) issued its full, formal comment letter on the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)’s draft recommendation of a “D” grade for the use of PSA screening in healthy men with no symptoms of prostate cancer. The AUA also issued a formal statement for the media.

Lack of transparency re public “input” to USPSTF is rather sad

According to a new article by Andy Pollack on the New York Times Health blog just before 1:00 p.m. EST today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has managed to add to public confusion about its process for what was originally described as public “comment” on current draft recommendations (regarding screening tests for prostate and ovarian cancer and other disorders). … READ MORE …

A medical oncologist’s views on the USPSTF draft recommendations

An article by a highly regarded specialist in medical oncology in the most recent issue of The ASCO Post discusses recent recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). … READ MORE …

Roundtable issues media release re USPSTF recommendation

In addition to the formal letter submitted to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and noted on this web site on Friday, the Prostate Cancer Roundtable has, this morning, also issued a media release, signed by the same 10 members of the Roundtable.

The USPSTF recommendation: a cartoonist’s perspective

Larry Axmaker is an 8-year prostate cancer survivor and very happy he had regular PSA screenings! … READ MORE …

Prostate Cancer Roundtable comments on USPSTF recommendation

Ten members of the Prostate Cancer Roundtable have today submitted a joint letter to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force commenting on the recent draft recommendation of a “D” grade for use of the PSA test in screening for prostate cancer among men who do not have symptoms that are highly suspicious for prostate cancer, regardless of age, race, or family history. … READ MORE …

PSA screening today: four points of view in the NEJM

This week’s issue issue of the New England Journal of Medicine includes four perspective articles on the recent draft recommendation about PSA screening issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). … READ MORE …