PSA Tests – To Do or Not To Do

May 31st, 2012|Categories: Books and Resources, Men and Hormone Therapy, Hormone Testing|Tags: , , , , , , |

This week the 2011 US Preventive Services Task Force draft policy for prostate cancer was released. . They gave PSA tests a D rating, indicating that it was one of the following: 1) of no benefit 2) it was not recommended, or 3) that the harm outweighs the good. The concern appears to be related to the fact that an elevated PSA test often leads to unnecessary biopsies, which in turn can lead to treatments that can result in severe side effects.  These concerns are valid. However, to encourage the elimination of a PSA screening is similar to “throwing [...]