ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer has launched a campaign against the US Preventive Services Task Force and the ACS because of their stance on prostate cancer screening. I spoke to Skip Lockwood, the CEO at ZERO, at the AUA so I wasn't surprised to see this announcement. In the last five years there has been an increase in the number of AS patients and a decrease in the number of men being screened has also been observed.
I personally do not align myself with the conclusions drawn, at least not completely. It makes sense that if you are going to decrease screening, and tell more men to delay or not treat their prostate cancer, that the death rate will go up. One has to balance this logic against men who have indeed been over treated. Certainly anyone who loses their life when it could have been prevented won't care too much about
avoiding side effects. But I think that it is way too early to attribute a 17% increase in the mortality rate solely to changes in whether to treat or not and screening. But one will have to ask, what has changed in the last 15 years in treating prostate cancer that the death rate is expected to climb for the 5th year in a row, with the largest annual increase in 15 years.
Here is what ZERO is saying...www.zerocancer.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=11611&news_iv_ctrl=1001
Text below...Prostate Cancer Deaths Up 17 Percent
Testing debate to blame as mortality hits 10-year high
by Ashley Nagaoka | ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer | 06.15.2010
Prostate cancer deaths are expected to jump 17 percent this year, according to estimates based on National Cancer Institute data.
The alarming 2010 statistics, released just prior to Father’s Day, has ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer urging families to encourage Dad to get tested for the disease this Father's Day because prostate cancer is the second leading cancer among Amercan men.
“If prostate cancer is diagnosed before it spreads, a patient has a 99 percent survival rate for five years,” ZERO Chief Operating Officer Jamie Bearse said.
“You can only diagnose cancer early through annual testing. This is the sad result of the PSA controversy created by the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. We need a better biomarker for the disease to distinguish slow growing tumors from deadly ones but in the meantime, we need to keep testing.”
The new numbers predict a 17 percent jump in deaths and a more than 13 percent rise in diagnosed cases this year as compared to 2009. It marks the greatest percentage increase since the mid-1990s.
Source: The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)
“The American Cancer Society claims it’s the official sponsor of birthdays, but it is condemning more men to their funerals because of its stance against the PSA test,” Bearse added.
“It’s not too late, however, and we can change these predictions. Encourage your Dad to get tested and give him the gift of life on this Father’s Day.”
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Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 6/15/2010 5:35:59 PM (GMT-6)