November 30th, 201231737It is taken as read that check ups and screening are good for us. The logic is almost intuitive. Finding disease early is better than finding it late as treatment can be more effective. So what could possibly be wrong? Quite a bit as it turns out!
May 31st, 201221843The US Preventative Services Taskforce has formalized its previous advice that there was no benefit for routine PSA testing on healthy men. Surely finding more cancer early means saving lives. Except that the facts do not show that the routine PSA screening does this.
March 19th, 201211906For the longest time, cancer was studied only in corpses, reinforcing cancer’s deadly reputation.The paradox is that we can now detect a lot of cancer that is not even cancer yet, and likely never will be."
October 14th, 201121471The US Preventative Task Force has publicly said that prostate screening (with PSA blood testing) has no benefit. Whilst there is considerable appeal in the notion of getting a simple blood test to know if you have cancer, this is not the reality.