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.
warning is apparently in response to the continued release of independent
studies that warn about the uselessness of prostate
explained by ACP on its website, the group is strongly opposed to any men younger than 50 or older than
69 receiving prostate cancer screenings, period!
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 incontinence, impotence, 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,".
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.
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
positives that result in unneeded treatment, including prostate
biopsies that can lead to significant bleeding, infection, or
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 Cancerand 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
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