I refuse to judge, as hard as that is. I knew that some men felt that the PSA test had saved their lives and yet I dove headfirst into attacking it after reading Dr. Ablin’s book, The Great Prostate Hoax last year.
I owe some of you an apology, but all of you an education. About 18 months ago, I published this blog on mammograms on my website. I questioned how anyone would call the mammogram test, a 58% accurate test, a valuable screening test. Women, I realize that some of you contend that a mammogram saved your life, and I respect that.
But both men and women, however, must know the facts. They will not hear this in their doctor’s offices. We continue using “ball-park” screening tests like the PSA and mammogram tests as diagnostic tests and these, I believe are grossly over diagnosing cancer.
I’m not the only one that feels this way. I felt vindicated when Otis Brawley, MD, the chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society (ACS), told the NY Times,
In a non-related story, on 7/7/15, the AP wrote this:
What is the difference in these two stories? I believe it is the word “intentional.” Become an educated medical consumer…