Several current threads are dealing with over-diagnosis, overtreatment, and related topics.
Ever since the USPSTF recommendations came out, I keep hearing about "mass screenings," for PSA, and how under those circumstances men are not prepared to deal with the possible outcomes.
All of my PSA testing was done in my family physician's office as part of my annual physical beginning when I was about 50. I don't consider that "screening." That's "testing."
With the recent threads on this topic, I've been trying to remember if I've EVER seen a "mass screening" at a mall or similar venue for PSA. For the life of me, I can't. Even at our employee health fairs, we had blood pressure screenings, body fat screenings, and some other routine stuff, but certainly no PSA blood draws. My R. N. wife has never seen that type of "screening" either.
The local hospital used to have an annual health event, but even there I don't remember ever having heard that they were offering PSA tests.
So where were all these mass screenings that everyone's decrying now? Has anyone seen this phenomenon? Or is this all some kind of fabrication?