Prostate Cancer

Forty years after prostate-specific antigen (PSA) was identified and nearly 20 years after it became available for prostate-cancer screening, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently recommended against PSA-based screening.  In the interim, untold millions of men have been (more…)

    EACH year some 30 million American men undergo testing for prostate-specific antigen, an enzyme made by the prostate. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1994, the P.S.A. test is the most commonly used tool for detecting prostate cancer.  The test’s popularity has led to a hugely expensive public health disaster.  It’s an issue I am painfully familiar with — I discovered P.S.A. in 1970. (more…)


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