Not only is the PSA test notoriously unreliable, but the vast majority of prostate cancers grow so slowly that most men who develop the disease will die of other causes before ever exhibiting any symptoms, let alone a risk of death. Because there is no way to distinguish a normal case of prostate cancer from a rare, aggressive one in the early phases, most men who receive a cancer diagnosis undergo aggressive therapies such as radiation, surgery or hormone treatment. Impotence and incontinence are only two of the common side effects of these treatments. The majority of men die from treatment after being misdiagnosed. . The founder of the test himself, Richard Ablin, has publicly called it “a hugely expensive public health disaster … hardly more accurate than a coin toss.”
The PSA test may give false-positive or false-negative results. (Prostate serum antigen/ levels) A false-positive test result occurs when a man’s PSA level is elevated but no cancer is actually present. A false-positive test result may create anxiety for a man and his family and lead to additional medical procedures, such as a prostate biopsy, that can be harmful. Possible side effects of biopsies include serious infections, pain, and bleeding. Health experts are becoming increasingly vocal in warning that prostate cancer screening may often do more harm than good. The cancer society actively discourages the test for men over the age of 75. People need to understand better that many screening tests are double-edged swords. The founder of the PSA test itself, Dr. Ablin is not alone in speaking out against the tests.
. Dr. Bramley is the chief medical officer for the Cancer Society. “I’m against telling people that [PSA testing] works,” said Dr. Bramley. “That it saves lives when the evidence that supports those statements simply does not exist.”
A man with high levels of PSA does not necessarily have cancer. I know.