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Tag Archives: PSA screening

Low Risk Prostate Cancer Means Two Different Things in Sweden and America

A study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine and reported on NPR appears to justify surgery for men with “low risk” prostate cancer. However, more careful review of the article revealed that what the Swedes define as “low risk” may be given a “higher risk” diagnosis in the United States. The Swedes don’t […]

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To Screen Or Not To Screen- That Is The Question

There is a lot of confusion about prostate cancer screening with PSA. How about a test where three out of four men with elevated PSAs are found by biopsy not to have cancer after all? A better test would be flipping a coin! Most studies on screening conclude that there is little evidence that it […]

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PSA Screening: “If Saving Lives Is The Point of Testing, The Benefit Is Not So Great”

This quote is from Dr. Gerald Andriole, Chief of Urologic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine after another study appeared concluding that screening for prostate cancer with PSA does not save lives. This confirms what was reported in many other studies. You see, cancers detected by screening most often are the ones that are  not […]

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PSA Screening-The Inane Recommendation of Lowering the PSA Threshold for Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Many urologists are recommending lowering the upper limit of normal for PSA which now sits at 4.0 ng/ml. The reasoning is if the cancer can be diagnosed earlier it can be cured. However, recent retrospective studies of 123,934 men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer from 2004 to 2006 showed that a majority of men diagnosed with prostate […]

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PSA Screening-There’s More To Good Health Than Being Screened for Prostate Cancer

Although men have a 16% chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, there’s just a 4% chance of dying from the disease. This is because it’s a slow growing cancer which often strikes older men. On the other hand, cardiovascular disease is far more fatal and much more ignored. Our risk of dying from a heart attack beginning […]

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