Once again, in my opinion, I think your post is unduly harsh concerning the opinions of our fellow PC brothers on this forum. I have carefully read the many posts of men commenting on the recent studies and I do not reach your conclusions, i.e. that "most here can't" logically read the studies correctly and that people here are sticking their fingers in their ears. In fact, I think some of your comments are arrogant and disrespectful. Just because someone disagrees with your opinion does not mean they are unable to interpret things logically.
Yes, this may be an era of overtreatment. However each of us is entitled to view our own cases individually and decide whether or not we were overtreated. You chose to be treated. With a low PSA, a small prostate, a low gleason and 1 out of 45 cores at 2% some might argue that ANY treatment for you was overtreatment. However, you chose a specific treatment and I have not seen any overt criticism of your choice. I certainly respect your decision as you obviously thought it was a good idea to do something. I weighed my options and decided on a protocol. Am I overtreated given my stats? I don't think so and, frankly, I don't really care whether you or anyone else thinks I was.
Here is my position on testing (and you can feel free to accuse me of being unable to interpret the studies or sticking my fingers in my ears because I have a thick skin). I personally think routine PSA testing for men over 50 is a good idea. I will continue to recommend it to my friends who may value my opinion. I have stated the reason for this before...knowledge is power. By KNOWING information about one's health, one can make informed decisions. No one forced me to get treatment. I was aware of the "slow growing, etc" arguments well before these studies...however, in MY particular case, I am glad I had the opportunity to learn more about my health and make a decision. That's why I get annual physicals and get the other routine tests that I feel are essential to my health and decision making.
In most of the posts on this forum, I think the men have made logical, informed decisions about their treatments. Did some men jump to a treatment without enough infomation? Maybe? But who is to say in any specific case whether TFT is an overtreatment or if RP is overtreatment? Each specific man who has the treatment is my answer. Whatever the overall stats show, I believe that each of us is entitled to make informed decisions. Getting PSA scores, however fallible, is part of the critical information gathering that allows this informed choice.