November 18, 2015

HMM: Early Prostate Cancer Cases Fall Along With Screening. “Fewer men are being screened for prostate cancer, and fewer early-stage cases are being detected, according to two studies published Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The number of cases has dropped not because the disease is becoming less common but because there is less effort to find it, the researchers said. . . . The decrease in testing is almost certainly a result of a recommendation against screening made in 2012 by the United States Preventive Services Task Force. The task force, an independent panel of experts picked by the government, found that risks outweighed the benefits of routine blood tests for prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, a protein associated with prostate cancer.”

You know, I understand the arguments against doing a lot of screenings — especially with tests, like the PSA test, that are only so-so — but I’m kind of suspicious that we suddenly started listening to them just as ObamaCare passed into law.

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