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, tagged blood test, blood tests, medical checkups, prostablog, prostate, prostate blog, PROSTATE CANCER, prostate-specific antigen, PSA, PSA test, Screening debate on April 6, 2011| 1 Comment »
PROSTABLOG NZ: The PSA test may get a bad rap from epidemiologists and the Ministry of Health, but so far as I’m concerned it’s a winner.
It’s a reliable post-treatment indicator of whether your prostate cancer is coming back or not, and I’ve just had my two-year test – and it remains undetectable.
That’s very good news, so far as I can discern. My reading of things prostate tells me the two-year mark is a crucial one, a time when recurrence is most likely to rear its unwelcome head.
That doesn’t mean I’m cured. There’s a long way to go before that marker, perhaps a decade.
The only thing I’m not sure about is the fact my PSA never registered much (let alone any change) prior to my diagnosis in 2008.
Does that mean post-surgery PSA tests won’t work on me either.
Nah, let’s not dwell on it.
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.