Jun 17, 2012 - 12:44 pm
Happy Father's Day to all...
I am sure we have beaten this to "death" but "on May 21st, the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued its final recommendation against PSA-based screening for prostate cancer with a “D” grade for “do not recommend.” The conclusion that “few, if any” men, benefit as a result of prostate cancer screening—in the words of the Task Force—has been a point of contention with experts weighing in on both sides of the debate. However, the single best word I have seen to sum up the issue was provided by one of our own PCF Board members, Peter Grauer, in a recent e-mail exchange—the word is “reckless.”
The USPSTF report has caused more confusion than clarity about PSA screening—here are the facts:
Experts such as Patrick Walsh have said that the USPSTF did men a great disservice by overplaying the threat and side effects of overtreatment and underplaying the benefits of early diagnosis; the USPSTF also discounted a reputable European study that argues in favor of PSA screening