Over the past few years, I've been taking a hard look at mass screening programs. Educational surveys showed that almost 40% of participants believed screening to be preventive in that they would actually prevent prostate cancer - that they could stop it from happening, like a vaccine - by screening. Over 85% believed abnormal screening [...]
Earlier this year my mom was in a terrible care accident. She miraculously survived with multiple fractures. Were this to have happened to most women her age they would have been a pile of bone dust. In the hospital after the accident they set what bones they could and attached an external fixater on her [...]
“You do things when the opportunities come along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of ideas come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing.”
Those are the words of Warren Buffet, and from what has been published about his prostate cancer, he might be in a better seat if he was in one of those dry spells re ideas about treatment... and I keep pulling my hair out wondering what national advocacy groups are doing. Will they rise to [...]
Just reflecting on an incident last year. I was out for a jog in my neighborhood, I saw a young family out for a walk... always a wonderful thing to see. The young daughter got something in her eye and began to cry. Both parents immediately rushed to her, letting go of the baby stroller [...]
What happened yesterday in NC (passing of NC Amendment 1) is shameful beyond reason. If you claim to be an advocate for men's health and you do not advocate for veterans or if you support anti LGBT legislation you are NOT an advocate for men's health - period.
In December of 2011 the National Institute of Health (NIH) released a draft State-of-the-Science Conference Statement. The focus of the study was on PSA-based screening which has identified many men with low-risk prostate cancer. Over the past decade active surveillance has emerged as a viable option for men with low-risk prostate cancer. This represents approximately [...]
I'd like to invite everyone to read an article by Gary Schwitzer which nicely summarizes some interesting ideas relating to the concept of Active Surveillance originally posted on healthnewsreviews.org. Any discussion is very welcome!
Please submit your comments to the USPTF. We need 30,000 by November http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf_form3/
This particular topic may be the most important. A few have tried to put the discussion about its importance on the table (ref. this document published by the AUA back in 2005), but perhaps old habits die hard? General cancer conferences are mandated by the Commission on Cancer (CoC). You can’t be a community cancer [...]
Over treatment is the big issues thrown out there in any discussion about why men shouldn’t screen. So a couple of years ago the concept of Active Surveillance began to gain broader conceptual adoption. It’s generally considered to be a good smart option for maybe as many as half of men who are diagnosed, provided [...]