Thanks for clarifying that, spoken to 3000 men rather than giving 3000 men a PSA test......not quite so expensive either and in all fairness no more than most of us do. Allister and his ilk probably gets the message about awareness across to 3000 men on a monthly basis. However this man is certainly doing "the cause" no harm nor probably his business....good old cynic that I am!
Ref National screening I am on side with you Lyn and it is interesting to see what Professor Richard Ablin, the discoverer of PSA in 1970 has to say about it as a diagnostic tool, I quote........
Prostate expert who won't have PSA test
Richard Ablin, professor of pathology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
"When I discovered the prostate specific antigen (PSA) in 1970, we soon realised it could be hugely helpful to prostate cancer patients.
The protein is specific to the prostate gland - it's not found in any significant amount in any other organ. So if a man with prostate cancer had his prostate removed, our discovery meant we could measure his PSA afterwards to see if there was cancer remaining which hadn't been detected.
However, the PSA test began to be used to diagnose prostate cancer. This was a huge mistake.
The PSA is not cancer-specific - it's simply a protein produced by the prostate, so a high level can just mean a man has prostatitis (an infection) or an enlarged prostate - sometimes troublesome but benign.
Also, 'normal' PSA levels vary dramatically from one man to the next: there's no threshold at which point we can reliably diagnose cancer. The test also cannot differentiate between a slow-growing 'pussycat' prostate cancer and an aggressive 'tiger' cancer. It's about as effective as a coin toss.
Nevertheless, it was taken up as a way to check for prostate cancer and, as a result, millions of men have been overtreated, often with unnecessary, highly debilitating side-effects. I would have a PSA test only after treatment for prostate cancer, or if I was at risk of the disease (for example because of family history), and was using it in combination with other tests, such as digital rectal examination, to diagnose it."
The emphasis must be in discovering a non invasive test that can not only determine once and for all whether a man has Prostate Cancer BUT whether it is a pussyfoot cat or a tiger. One day, not too far off, that will happen.
Life is for living
Barry (alias Barrington)
PS The search to determine the "tiger" and thus the most aggressive PCa which needs to be treated urgently is currently the main campaign on The MEN UNITED v PROSTATE CANCER site which is asking for funding / donations to carry out this research.
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