“Healthy men should no longer receive a P.S.A. blood test to screen for prostate cancer because the test does not save lives over all and often leads to more tests and treatments that needlessly cause pain, impotence and incontinence in many, a key government health panel has decided,” reports the New York Times. But JunkScience.com was all over this more than 13 years ago.
On July 16, 1998, we wrote:
The prostate cancer industry has started beating the drum for 1998’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, terrifying men into routine prostate cancer screening. Unfortunately, no study shows that routine prostate cancer screening saves lives. The only ones that definitely benefit from routine screening are the urologists and manufacturers of the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test.
We covered the controversy in more detail 12 years ago in PSA test: Promoting Stress and Anxiety?.