The PSA test is very
specific to the antigen generated by the prostate...but as you are probably well aware, it is not
at all specific to prostate cancer. It's not a "PCSA." By the way, ultra-sensitive PSA testing had been around for years
when this survey was conducted 2 years ago. We don't have much more of a need for son-of, son-of-PSA tests with more accuracy; our testing needs
Jeff, I agree with your comment that things will change and my crystal ball also says that things will improve in time, but we are dealing with a tsunami of confounded knowledge & understanding in the mean time...we just have to make it to the other side; or, as I once wrote here in another thread that: "It [the public health issue of PSA screening] is complex, nuanced, and emotional. Waiting for the emotional furor to subside..."
I wrote that two years ago, in March 2010, when I predicted in a post here at HW that we would see a "tsunami" of overtreatment discussions, and that the publication of the book "Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers" was the early-indicator of that tsunami (the book was published August 2010).
Interesting to read the comments then (just after ACS screening guidelines were published) and now, and the misunderstanding about PSA screening that existed then and compared to today. Here's the link to that March 2010 thread titled, "An article designed to anger all of us with PC." Read my several comments starting on the 2nd page of that thread...the crystal ball was accurate and the comments have stood the test of time over the last 2-years.
More related "crystal ball predictions" posted by me in another thread HERE just a few days after the thread link posted above (still March 2010).
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