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Abandoning PSA Screening Could Cost Lives: Study
We’re told that researchers constructed a model – but there is no critical evaluation of that model.
Abandoning PSA Screening Could Cost Lives: Study
Thoughtful week-after analysis of PSA screening recommendations
Too often, the demands of same-day journalism dictate that today’s announcement is reported and then journalists move on to the next day’s announcement and the next day’s journal study without a chance to step back and reflect. Appropriately, some journalists are taking/finding the time to reflect on last week’s prostate cancer screening recommendations from the […]4 1/6/2012
“No evidence of mortality benefit for annual PSA screening”
A paper published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute brings new focus to the questions already raised about prostate cancer screening. Headlines: Prostate Cancer Screening Shows No Benefit – New York Times “Updated findings from one of the largest studies of prostate cancer screening show that the commonly used P.S.A. blood test […]2 3/29/2011
"Excessive PSA screening in elderly men with limited life expectancies remains a significant problem"
A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that “that men in their seventies had prostate cancer screening nearly twice as often as men in their early fifties, who are more likely to benefit from prostate cancer detection and treatment.” An American Society for Clinical Oncology news release includes this quote: “Our findings show […]6/21/2010
NY Daily News begins second decade of evading evidence on PSA screening
Headlines every day in the New York Daily News are luring men in as part of a mass prostate cancer screening campaign which the American Cancer Society not only does not endorse – its chief medical officer recommends against. Yet the paper brags that it is beginning its second decade of this non-evidence-based campaign. Sample […]12
Is PSA now “OK”? What the task force really said about the evidence on prostate cancer screening
Reading the headlines on the US Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) update to its prostate cancer screening guidelines, you might come away with the idea that the task force has completely reversed its 2012 recommendation against broad-based prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening. But that would be the wrong impression. What the revised guideline does is make a […]4/9/2013
3 items in this week’s news with caveats about various screenings: pap, PSA, oral
Pap smears Under the headline, “Doctors Too Pap-Happy,” HealthDay reports: “Most primary care physicians advise women to get “Pap” tests for cervical cancer screening more often than clinical guidelines recommend, new research reveals.” PSA tests Reuters Health explained: “The American College of Physicians (ACP) became the latest group to ask doctors to be clear about […]
WHO exposes deceptive promotion of industry-supported FRAX osteoporosis screening tool
When the World Health Organization (WHO) speaks people usually listen. As the planet’s premier health policy-making body, the WHO influences healthcare and medical practice around the globe. Their expert committees create reports that underpin guidelines, affecting the health care delivered by practitioners on every continent. When the WHO issues a particularly controversial statement, you’d think […]1
Prostate Week continues: Yale Cancer Center also flouting evidence with public prostate screening event
It’s been a big week for prostate screening news and we’re not finished yet. We fact-checked Donald Trump’s health sit-down with Dr. Oz and explored the misleading messages it produced about prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing. We looked at coverage of a new clinical trial showing that active monitoring in screen-detected early prostate cancer produces outcomes […]2
Despite thumbs down from professional groups, mass prostate cancer screening events continue, often with misleading promotions
Joy Victory is deputy managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. She tweets as @thejoyvictory. [Editor’s note: Please see the comments section for a response from Roswell Park Cancer Institute and our reply.] It’s hard to know what’s motivating the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., to hold a prostate cancer screening event later this month, but we know […]
Release on prostate cancer screening stokes fears
Do targeted biopsies ultimately lead to fewer deaths as claimed in the release? Years of prostate cancer research hasn’t borne that out.
Increasing the Odds of Prostate Cancer Detection
5-Star Friday: Smarter PSA testing, science’s Lake Wobegon effect, lifesaving coffee, and more
In what will be our last 5-Star Friday celebrating quality journalism in 2015, we take a look back at recently reviewed stories and news releases that have set a high standard for excellence and earned 5-star ratings from our reviewers. This HealthDay story, “Breast-feeding linked to reduced risk of preemie eye problem,” by Kathleen Doheny, is […]1
Birds, hares, and tortoises: What do they have to do with the recent news on cancer screening?
The following guest post is by Richard Hoffman, MD, Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine/Iowa City VA Medical Center. Richard is a long-time story reviewer and frequent contributor to the blog. Wouldn’t it be great if, in 2016 and in the future, we saw more […]1
A patient’s perspective on recent prostate cancer screening news
The following guest post is by Joshua Schneck, a healthcare marketer, patient advocate, journalist and avid cyclist. He is founder and CEO of Snow Communications, a PR and marketing agency that specializes in healthcare. He has written for The New York Times, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Radio Sweden and other news organizations. The number of […]
Unbalanced news release claims “more men at risk” due to less frequent PSA testing
This news release seems imbalanced to us — it downplays the benefits and emphasizes the potential harms of guidelines that advocate less frequent screening.