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Celebrities and robots and prostates

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Sometimes I just like to share things that I see that Joe Blow and his bride don’t see.

Like a web-based news release promoting:

• a “robotic prostatectomy expert” doctor

• the doctor’s robotic surgery website

• the fact that the doctor is a contributor to Fox News

• a celebrity’s promotion – and the doctor’s promotion – of prostate cancer screening that conflicts with that of the US Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society

Excerpt from the web news release:

“Celebrities are helping to drive the point home for early prostate cancer screening in order to increase chances of survival. Now, with theater big Andrew Lloyd Webber’s victory and Dennis Hopper’s losing battle with the disease, the spotlight turns to increasing awareness and becoming more proactive with this largely preventable disease.”

Our advice to consumers:

• Be wary of celebrity advice.

• Put more stock in evidence than in celebrity anecdotes.

• There’s a reason why the US Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society agree on a more cautious approach to prostate cancer screening and you should learn what that is.

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