Sunday, 16 November 2014

Prostate Cancer Screening - A hoax?

 MEN subjected to 'substantial harms!' –
One of its Key Architects warn!
In a recent statement published in the journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians (ACP), has  petitioned doctors to be circumspect about recommending prostate cancer screenings – Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test to their patients; warning that these tests come with limited benefits and a slew of "substantial harms,” writes Ethan Huff of NaturalNews.
This warning is apparently in response to the continued release of independent studies that warn about the uselessness of prostate cancer screenings. 
As explained by ACP on its websitethe group is strongly opposed to any men younger than 50 or older than 69 receiving prostate cancer screenings, period!   
They went on to say that, for men between the ages of 50 and 69, they strongly encourage a thorough discussion with their doctors before agreeing to a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test; because misdiagnosis and resultant unnecessary treatments can cause more harm than good in the form of incontinenceimpotence, and various other devastating side effects.
David L. Bronson, M.D, F.A.C.P., and president of ACP, also advised that 
"Before PSA testing, doctors and patients should discuss the potential benefits and harms of screening and the patient's individual risk of prostate cancer, general health, and preferences for testing and evaluation,".   
He also went on to say that men between the ages of 50 and 69, who express a clear preference for screening, could have the PSA test.  But adding that for most of these men though, the harms will outweigh the benefits.
Government agency determined back in 2012 that PSA tests are useless for men of all ages!!
Such a statement, he says, represents an about-face for ACP, which just so happens to be one of the original architects of the PSA test for prostate cancer.  
But it is a welcomed change, especially in light of the fact that the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) last year determined that PSA screenings are useless for all men, regardless of age.  
According to USPSTF researchers, the harms of PSA testing far outweigh any alleged benefits.
Major harms caused by PSA screening include:
1.  False positives that result in unneeded treatment, including prostate biopsies that can lead to significant bleeding, infection, or worse.
2.    False positives can also lead to treatments with surgery or radiation, which can result in loss of sexual function, loss of control of urination (incontinence), and even death.
3.   There is also the risk of falsely targeting benign tumours that are actually harmless, a major flaw of the PSA test.

"Many people have a blind faith in early detection of Cancer and subsequent aggressive medical intervention whenever cancer is found," wrote Dr. Otis W. Brawley, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society, in an accompanying commentary published alongside the USPSTF's updated recommendations.  "There is little appreciation of the harms that screening and medical interventions can cause."

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5 comments:

  1. And we see how all of this information never filters down to the public - or the doctors! Has any physician changed their practice because of this? I wonder...

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    1. Well, they have by and large not changed their practice. The reason being largely because of the fact that they are tied. They are controlled by "big pharma". Even though many of them have a conscience which prompts them to the real harm being caused they cannot bug the system.

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  2. Article neglects to mention that the test can also produce a false negative and needed treatment is ignored.

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    1. Yes, you could be right. However the fact is still clear that it has been largely ineffective in 99.9% of cases. It all been hyped by the media. This, they themselves know long long time ago; but kept quiet. What you also have to know is that, it has just been a one-way traffic - no other alternatives have more or less been allowed or explored, hence patients are kept in the dark and ignorant to the fact that there are countless none-pharmaceutical controlled solutions.
      Meanwhile do have a look at some other simple and yet very effective natural remedies at: http://natural-healthshop.com/Prostatitis-BPH_c66.htm.
      Additionally, it is worth knowing that in the early part of 1990s, when the FDA approved the Prostate Drug, Proscar, Dr. James A. Duke, Ph.D., challenged the FDA that he was betting his Prostrate Gland that his Natural Remedy preparation will work equally well as Proscar if not better (Duke, J.A, 1997, The Green Pharmacy, pg. 445). Did they accept the challenge? Well, you should know the answer to that.

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