The New York Times is reporting that the American Urological Association (AUA) has changed its position on PSA testing.
Up until now, the AUA has recommended all men over age 40 have an annual PSA test.
In their new guidelines, the AUA is now recommending regular PSA tests for -- nobody.
A large body of solid scientific research has previously shown that PSA tests followed by aggressive treatment like surgery or radiation do more harm than good -- and most importantly, they do not extend life.
Another way to put that is that PSA testing is worthless, and the expensive and harmful treatments the test may prompt -- are also worthless.
The AUA previously fought tooth and nail to protect their incredibly lucrative prostate cancer screening and intervention business. Prostectomy costs between $40,000 and $60,000, with around $20,000 of that going to the urologist.
In the face of overwhelming evidence that PSA followed by aggressive treatment has little value, for a long time the AUA refused to accept the science, even when influential government bodies did.
The PSA test has been a godsend -- for the bottom line of urologists. But unfortuantely not for the patients.
Fortunately, last week the AUA finally backed
off, meaning fewer people will now be
harmed by urologists for no good reason.
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Jeff & Sabrina
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