Prostate cancer screening

Prostate Test: Why Shouldn’t Men Get Screened, Then Decide?

Posted on 05/22/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor nearly two decades, middle-aged men have been told by their doctors to have a routine PSA test to screen for prostate cancer. But in a major turn-around, a high-ranking government panel said Monday that after reviewing all available scientific evidence, the conclusion was that the test does more harm than good, only saving one life in 1,000. The panel’s message to men: Don’t bother. What you don’t know (probably) won’t kill you. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which …

PSA Tests: Controversial Study Says They Don’t Save Lives

Posted on 01/9/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhen the blood test for prostate cancer was introduced 26 years ago, it was seen as a way to save lives. But research since then has questioned this conclusion and a large new study, published last week, adds more doubt to the issue. The  long-term study of 76,000 men ages 55 to 74 found that routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing did not prevent deaths from prostate cancer. However, some prostate cancer experts immediately criticized the study, and even one of the …