Assuming a 10-minute cancer test were indeed to became practical someday, and actually used widely in doctors' offices, who knows if eventually we might see advertisements like this:Afraid you may have cancer? Well then, set aside your fears by taking the all-new 10-minute home cancer test, now available in pharmacies everywhere!
The specter of false positives (or negatives) resulting from such tests conducted in the privacy of one's home, due to user error or such, and their impact, is mind-boggling.
But someone might say "We have home pregnancy tests on the market right now, so what's the difference?" Well, the difference is that pregnancy is not usually a potentially life-threatening condition, as cancer is. Also, even home pregnancy tests, as all home medical tests, have a margin of error in them, especially if users fail to follow instructions.
(It's certainly OT, but, for example, here are some of the reasons why a home pregnancy test may deliver incorrect results)https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/pregnancy/69130157/why-pregnancy-tests-can-show-the-wrong-result
So it's chilling to imagine what the reaction would be for users who take a home cancer test and, unknown to them, obtain a false positive result. (Of course a false negative result would be equally serious).
Presumably, for that reason alone, home cancer tests would never make it to the market.
But who knows?
Chronic prostatitis (age 60 on)
BPH w/ urinary obstruction, 6/2011
Ongoing high PSA, 7/2011-12/2011
Biopsy, 12/2011: positive 3/12 (90%, 70%, 5%)
Gleason 6(3+3), T1c
No mets, PCa likely still organ contained
IMRT w/ HT (Lupron), 4/2012-6/2012
PSAs (since post-IMRT): 0.1 or lower