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STAT provides readers with necessary details to make sense of new PSA screening study
A thorough, nuanced and balanced examination of a re-analysis of two major PSA trials show the complexities involved in PSA screening research and underscores the difficulty physicians and patients face when it comes prostate cancer prevention.
A new study claims prostate cancer screenings significantly reduce deaths. Not everyone agrees
LA Times portrays PSA screening analysis as far more clear-cut and definite than even the authors claim
The headline and lead paragraphs include statements about screening saving lives, without telling readers about key limitations and uncertainties in the new analysis.
PSA screening for prostate cancer saves lives after all, study says
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 […]
These prostate cancer screening campaigns are giving men the finger
Fifty years ago, in a golden moment of television comedy shows, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In program regularly featured “The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate” award. Wikipedia says it “recognized actual dubious achievements by public individuals or institutions.” Do a Google search. You’ll quickly see how popular this award became. Yes, I’m dating myself by going […]
How overdiagnosis and other harms can undermine the benefits of screening: A new primer in our toolkit
September marks National Prostate Health Month, when hospitals and urology practices push free prostate cancer screening. It’s also when we at HealthNewsReview.org publish our annual analysis of why these promotions — and their “screening saves lives” message — are bad for men. To help readers understand the issue more clearly, we’ve published an expanded toolkit […]
Screening: How overdiagnosis and other harms can undermine the benefits
“Screening saves lives.” We’ve all seen that seductive message. The idea behind screening — catching disease early when it’s easiest to treat — sounds good, but it can be misleading. Screening means testing people who don’t have signs or symptoms of the disease. It might save some people from a fate such as dying of […]
More prizes for prostates: Tulane promotes PSA testing with football memorabilia, photo-ops
Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans is a modern teaching hospital offering the latest innovative treatments from a staff of highly trained experts. So why do its communications about prostate cancer sound like they were crafted on a bayou backwater that’s 20 years behind the times? Their PR team is promoting an event called Man Up! […]
There’s no justification for claiming new blood test is ‘94% accurate’ compared to PSA test for prostate cancer
Cost, harms and benefits are given short shrift in this news release.
Preliminary Data from Study Demonstrates 94% Accuracy in Detecting Aggressive Prostate Cancer
Here’s one detail that should be included in almost all stories about cancer screening studies
This is an oversight we see often in news stories reporting on research about new cancer screening tests.