NZ HERALD: The Herald’s medical reporter, Martin Johnston, has written a balanced account on where we are with the great PSA debate. READ MORE>
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Posted in PSA tests, Screening debate, tagged Associated Press, New health insurance policies, Obama administration's health care overhaul, President Obama's new preventive health insurance, prostablog, prostate, prostate blog, PROSTATE CANCER, prostate cancer screening, prostate-specific antigen, PSA, Screening debate on September 27, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
ASSOCIATED PRESS: Screening for prostate cancer will not be included in President Obama’s new preventive health insurance next year. READ MORE>
New health insurance policies beginning on or after September 23 must cover — without charge — preventive care that’s backed up by the best scientific evidence. Most people will see this benefit, part of the Obama administration’s health care overhaul, starting January 1.
The list includes tests strongly recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force, an independent advisory panel that evaluates research.
Of note for men: Screening for prostate cancer isn’t included on the list because its benefits haven’t been conclusively shown by the best research, at least to the high level required by the law.
Posted in Screening debate, tagged prostate, PROSTATE CANCER, medical checkups, prostate-specific antigen, cancer research, prostablog, catheter, Screening debate, prostate blog, breast cancer screening, prostate cancer screening, The Indpendent, UK debate on screening on August 5, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Screening debate, tagged prostate, PROSTATE CANCER, medical checkups, cancer research, prostablog, catheter, Screening debate, prostate blog, URO TODAY, prostate cancer screening, shared decision-making, nurses and prostate cancer screening on August 5, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in PROSTATE CANCER, PROSTATE RESEARCH, PSA tests, Screening debate, tagged blood test, blood tests, cancer research, catheter, cut death rates, Jonas Hugosson, medical checkups, merits of screening men, nationwide prostate screening, prostablog, prostate, prostate blog, PROSTATE CANCER, prostate cancer screening, prostate-specific antigen, PSA, PSA screening, PSA test, REUTERS, Screening debate, significant overdiagnosis, Swedish scientists on July 4, 2010 | 1 Comment »
The data from the Göteborg study may still not provide a convincing rationale for mass, population-based screening based on use of the PSA test, but it certainly does set the standard for what must be expected from any new test that may come along and show promise as a true screening test for prostate cancer in the future.
Reuters and other news agencies gave widespread coverage to the Swedish study over recent days.
REUTERS: An extensive study of 20,000 men into the merits of screening men between the ages of 50 and 65 for prostate cancer has found it can cut death rates from the disease by as much as half, report Swedish scientists. READ MORE> and HERE> and HERE> and HERE> and HERE>
Over 14 years of follow-up, prostate cancer death rates were cut almost by half in the (PSA) screening group compared with the non-screening group, as men were diagnosed and treated in time to stop the cancer from killing them.
Jonas Hugosson, who led the study, said the results showed that PSA screening of all men this age group “can result in a relevant reduction in cancer mortality.”
But the findings don’t necessarily mean nationwide prostate screening programs should introduced, experts said, since they run the risk of significant overdiagnosis of tumors in men who would not have suffered any harm from their cancer.