Prostate screening criticized by scientist who made it possible

 - thumbs down, reject

Richard J. Albin, the pathologist who is often cited for having discovered the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in 1970, makes a case against prostate screening in his new book, coauthored with Ronald Piana, The Great Prostate Hoax: How Big Medicine Hijacked the PSA Test and Caused a Public Health Disaster, as reported by the Washington Post on May 12.

The authors contend that PSA screenings result in a million needle biopsies per year, leading to a great number of unnecessary radical prostatectomies. Side effects from the procedure include incontinence and impotence.

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