Screening for Prostate Cancer May Do More Harm Than Good

More

The United States Prevention Task Force has caused another controversy by recommending against a test for cancer. This time, it's the PSA blood test, which screens for the possibility of prostate cancer. The wide use of the test has led thousands of men to undergo unnecessary and damaging treatment, the task force said in recommending that the test be discontinued.

The panel's announcement was greeted much as its call for an end to mammograms for women in their 40s was two years ago. Doctors, namely urologists, are outraged, and have begun a public relations campaign to reverse the recommendation.

The stakes of the disagreement are as high as it gets: the task force says the PSA test doesn't save lives. A doctor and defender of the test tells the New York Times that some men will die if the PSA is phased out.

Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.

Jump to comments
Presented by

The Atlantic Wire is your authoritative guide to the news and ideas that matter most right now.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon About the Toys in Your Cereal Box

The story of an action figure and his reluctant sidekick, who trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Juice Cleanses: The Worst Diet

A doctor tries the ever-popular Master Cleanse. Sort of.

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Video

What If Emoji Lived Among Us?

A whimsical ad imagines what life would be like if emoji were real.

Video

Living Alone on a Sailboat

"If you think I'm a dirtbag, then you don't understand the lifestyle."

Feature

The Future of Iced Coffee

Are artisan businesses like Blue Bottle doomed to fail when they go mainstream?

Writers

Up
Down

More in Health

Just In