Should all men screen for prostate cancer with PSA tests?
Patient/Support Group Leader Gene Van Vleet Transcript
Opening Title: Should all men screen for prostate cancer with PSA tests?
The problem with PSA testing today starts with the Federal task force recommendation to no longer routinely test for PSA because it caused over treatment and excessive expense, and it’s true, medicine did tend to overtreat…but that gives the man a perfect excuse not to do a test, so nobody’s going to remind him to do the test, he doesn’t want to do it in the first place, so the he probably isn’t going to test, they’re naturally reticent to do it. Now women have a mammogram and their doctors send them a notice routinely when it’s time to do the mammogram being,1 men have no manogram, so they don‘t know when to test and nothing to goad them to test and that’s where the responsibility of our group to try to get the guys informed if they need to do it.
Closing Title: Most prostate advocacy groups urge regular PSA testing for all men