The whole idea put out by the USPSTF in 2012 was flawed from the outset. No urologists, no oncologists, and no radiation therapists were involved in this task force. They know nothing about prostate cancer, the patients, and what a disservice they have done to men’s health.
Simply put, PSA is not the best screening tool. However, it is what we have available. In addition, how is it a bad idea to have men see their physicians on an annual basis? They might find other treatable conditions. Finally, men have the right to know if they have cancer, and if they do, they need to have the right to consider the options, which might include no treatment.
September is National Prostate Health Month. We as urologists need to be strong advocates for our patients. We need to become the primary advocates for early diagnosis and treatment of our patients. In my practice, I make it a point to discuss men’s health issues, and make sure that my patients are screened and follow up annually with me or their primary care physicians.
Marc A. Beaghler, MD
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