PSA testing is at risk.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has prepared a draft recommendation against prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer. While not binding, primary care doctors usually follow USPTF guideline. Insurance companies have already begun discussions about ceasing psa test coverage.
The psa test has limitations, as well as benefits. This is no doubt that we need a better test, and we need treatments that don't put men at risk for impotence and incontinence. But, psa testing is what we have, today, in 2011and, likely, all that we will have for next few years.
I have been quoted in the N Y Times and other outlets about this. And, Malecare will be collaborating with our brother prostate cancer organizations to create an appropriate response from our community. But, we need to know what you think!
Please tell us how PSA testing affected your life. Go to http://psaandme.org and post a few sentences or paragraphs. You can post your thoughts with your name or anonymously. Without your voice, we are nothing.
Darryl Mitteldorf, LCSW
Men fighting cancer, together.
If you've been an unfortunate victim of prostate cancer then tell your story,who knows you may save another man's life. I don't know why they're playing games with our health but it needs to stop and it needs to stop now. If it takes sending emails then we can do that too.