Final Answer: Forget PSA Tests
After years of sidling up to the conclusion, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has finally come out and said what the evidence has long shown: PSA tests do more harm than good. The New York Times reports that the lastest study of the pros and cons of PSA tests shows that at best, one man in every 1,000 given the P.S.A. test may avoid death as a result of the screening, while another man for every 3,000 tested will die prematurely as a result of complications from prostate cancer treatment and dozens more will be seriously harmed. The task force found that up to 43 men per 1,000 tested will be damaged in some way. Thirty to 40 men will develop incontinence or erectile dysfunction, or both, as a result of treatment. Two more men will have a serious cardiovascular event, like a heart attack, and one man will develop a life-threatening blood clot in his legs or lungs. Read more in the New York Times.