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Monday, 3 November 2014

PSA testing for prostate cancer screening - Lies, damn lies and statistics

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care has urged doctors (and patients) to stop using the prostate-specific antigen test, or PSA, to detect cancer in its early stages and uses statistics to back up its guidelines published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Dr. S. Larry Goldenberg, chair of the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, a professor of urologic sciences at the University of British Columbia, and the author of An Intelligent Patient Guide to Prostate Cancer, provides a scathing retort in a short article, "Dropping PSA test for prostate cancer puts men’s health at risk", pointing out that the task force is comprised entirely of non-experts in the field.

Read why he says you should ignore the Task Force and why he says, "As a urologist, I’ll continue to urge my patients to check their PSA. As a man, I’ll continue to check mine, too. So should you."

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