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‘Zero deaths’ from breast cancer? NBC viewers misinformed by puff piece on screening test
It’s hard to know where to begin with this story from NBC Nightly News about a supposedly “new” test that could be a “lifesaver” for women with dense breasts whose cancer might not show up on a normal mammogram. NBC’s top-rated newscast reaches some 8 million total viewers every night, so it’s important to set […]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 […]4
Missing in action: Did US journalists miss a huge opportunity to critically examine mental health screening?
Last week a guideline recommendation from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, addressed depression screening in the adult population, with a special emphasis on women who are pregnant or have recently given birth. Maybe it was a lonely day in January, but these simple recommendations generated many headlines and […]
Media case study: PR news release vs. news stories on mammography screenings for older women
If you’re not at least a little bit confused by current mammography guidelines you’re in the minority. And if you’re an elderly woman (75 and up) or a caregiver for one it can be especially daunting to stay on top of the latest recommendations regarding mammogram screenings in later life. Policy makers don’t have as […]4
Ovarian cancer screening: shop for the story emphasis of your choice
Let’s take a brief spin through the choices that news consumers (and patients) can make among a range of stories about a new study on ovarian cancer screening. Should the emphasis be: “Blood test for ovarian cancer saves lives,” as CBS reported? “Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer May Become Possible,” as the New York Times headlined it. […]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 […]2
Podcast: A Finn with a bone to pick about osteoporosis screening & treatment
With article headlines such as “Osteoporosis: the emperor has no clothes,” Dr. Teppo Järvinen appears on the international “Too Much Medicine” stage with his concerns about the way osteoporosis is diagnosed and treated. Järvinen is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Helsinki, Finland. I interviewed him at the Preventing Overdiagnosis 2015 conference at the National Institutes of […]9
MD gets direct mail about screening – says she “can’t stand this anymore” a la Howard Beale
Hanna Bloomfield, MD, MPH, is Associate Chief of Staff, Research for the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System. She usually writes scholarly articles. But when she recently got a piece of direct mail urging her to pursue cardiovascular screening she felt she didn’t need, she decided to write a commentary in the local newspaper. The Star Tribune published her piece, “Don’t be […]7
Questions about ‘80% by 2018’ campaign to boost colorectal cancer screening
The following is a guest blog post by Dr. Richard Hoffman, who has been reviewing health care news stories for us for years. He recently became the Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine for the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine/Iowa City VA Medical Center. I was recently invited to attend an “80% by 2018” […]3/5/2015
How much overdetection in cancer screening is acceptable?
A paper in The BMJ, “People’s willingness to accept overdetection in cancer screening: population survey,” paints a picture of how difficult is the challenge of trying to inform and educate patients and health care consumers about over detection. The study tried to address what level of overdetection people would find acceptable in screening for bowel, […]12 2/20/2015
CBS promotes “essential/critical” screening tests but never mentions over-diagnosis
The following is a guest blog post by Alan Cassels, a pharmaceutical policy researcher at the University of Victoria and the author of Seeking Sickness: Medical Screening and the Misguided Hunt for Disease (Greystone, 2012). The opinions are his; you are welcome to your own. —————————- While the Beatles might have famously sang that “All you […]9/22/2014
Duluth newspaper tackles commercial screening test questions
John Lundy of the Duluth News Tribune reports, “Wellness screening offers draw complaints.” The story was apparently motivated by one Duluth resident’s complaint about a piece of direct mail she received from the LifeLine Screening company – the kind of mail many Americans get in the company’s carpet-bombing direct mail campaigns. The story begins: “Sue […]8/20/2014
Smart journalism scrutinizes cancer screening issues
Julia Belluz, on Vox.com, wrote, “Older patients are getting screened way too often for cancer.” She reported on a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that concluded: “A substantial proportion of the US population with limited life expectancy received prostate, breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening that is unlikely to provide […]