PSA Still Fails to Reduce Deaths from Prostate Cancer

Last October, the results of the PLCO trial to determine the effectiveness of PSA screening were released. After a follow-up of 7 to 10 years, screening asymptomatic men for prostate cancer with PSA didn’t save more lives when compared with a group of men who were given routine medical care and tested for prostate cancer only when a problem was suspected.

In an effort to denigrate their own data, the authors of the study explained that the failure to reduce deaths was the result of only having 7 to 10 years of data. Because prostate cancer  can take several years to develop, the investigators continued to collect data after reporting the initial findings.

In a new paper published last week, the scientists reported that the additional follow-up time didn’t change the overall conclusion: that regular P.S.A. testing does not save lives and can lead to aggressive treatments that leave men impotent or incontinent. or both.

Listen men, the only way you should be tested with PSA is if you have a family history of prostate cancer (your dad, grand dad, or brother had prostate cancer). Otherwise, it’s a lousy test that creates more problems then it’s worth.

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