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Contrary1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-21-12 07:45 PM
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Expert panel rejects routine PSA tests for men
"...the risks of population-wide screening outweigh the benefits."

And what "risks" are they most concerned about? I would guess the $$$ risks to insurance companies. Just like yearly mammograms were found to be "unnecessary". :eyes:

Panel: PSA tests unnecessary

A top panel of U.S. medical experts has issued a final decision on a long-debated mens health controversy, concluding that no man of any age should routinely be screened for prostate cancer using the popular PSA test.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force gave the prostate-specific antigen test a grade of D, saying that the risks of population-wide screening outweigh the benefits.

There is convincing evidence that the number of men who avoid dying of prostate cancer because of screening after 10 to 14 years is, at best, very small, wrote the panel charged with evaluating prevention and evidence-based medicine.

While the panel signaled its decision in a preliminary report last year, the ruling published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine represents the final act in an emotionally charged debate that could affect millions of men. Medicare and private insurers, for example, could use the conclusion to justify ending reimbursements for the tests.

More: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47505948/ns/health-mens_hea... /



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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-22-12 11:03 PM
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1. Outrageous.
I hate these fucking task forces. They are going to cause more unnecessary death.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-24-12 07:48 PM
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2. Agree....what you say:
Edited on Thu May-24-12 07:50 PM by KoKo
"And what "risks" are they most concerned about? I would guess the $$$ risks to insurance companies. Just like yearly mammograms were found to be "unnecessary". :eyes:


I think that there can be abuse of these tests ...but, that's because not all doctors are equal in how they "use the tests" and some might be scammers but many others care about their patients.

A colonoscopy saved my life...but, I feel mammograms (without family history...shouldn't be "every year" for everyone).

I think to limit these tests for all without giving more info is not a good thing. BTW a family member had PSA that kept going up and was being monitored...and he had a big spike (confirmed by two PSA Tests a year apart) and he had the biopsy and it was cancer and he had his prostate removed.

But...he had been monitored for years by the same Doctor. Not all patients these days have the luck of having constant monitoring by the same doc in the same location who could follow and saw a spike that was enough for alarm. There are probably many patients who could live longer with a higher prostate reading...but, haven't had test before, been monitored and the new doc gets alarmed.

PSA is a hard thing. There is another test one can get that Hopkins has...but, your insurance doesn't cover it..you have to pay extra. It gives the doc more info if the PSA is High but, patient and Doc want more info. It does give a better view but isn't approved yet by Insurance Companies. That might help a lot with the dependency on PSA alone.

If there's family history...or one has symptoms then their insurance should NOT deny them to be tested annually..imho is a better way than waiting until the cancer has spread and operations and Chemo are then the only choice or death. That is more costly than catching the cancer early...but, still "overtesting" can be abused...so it's tricky.
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