What do you get when you cross 3 pediatricians, 4 internists, 3 family doctors, 2 epidemiologists, 2 nurses, a PhD, an obstetrician, a perinatologist and an occupational medicine doctor? Unfortunately, this is not a joke. You get a Federal Government panel, given the imprimatur as experts on a medical subject that if any one of them individually treated, would be considered malpractice. This would be the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), an ad hoc committee charged with making recommendations about clinical preventative services. They have just issued their findings that there is no role for routine PSA screening in men...
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Hal, This is a travesty, though I've been expecting this. The USPSTF is loathe to recommend any screening for much of anything. Why? Because screening may lead to an abnormal result which leads to more testing which leads to more money being spent. Oh, I forgot, it also leads to saved lives. They've backed off a tad on restricting women's screening (mammograms, PAP smears, etc) but men are ripe because we're not as well organized. Did they use the phrase that "something else will kill you before your prostate cancer"? Always describing it as a slow, indolent process with little cause for haste in diagnosis. This is utter BS. I know that I have seen aggressive prostate cancers kill people and it's not that uncommon to have an aggressive CA.
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