Prostate cancer detection
To the Editor:
Thank you, Lawrence Synett and the Northwest Herald, for the Jan. 12 article on prostate cancer, touching on the controversial and disappointing “D” grade assessed by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommending against prostate-specific antigen pre-cancer screening.
A step backward for prostate cancer prevention, PSA counts rise with age, not always indicating cancer. The USPSTF concluded that testing healthy men risks performing unnecessary procedures due to abnormal results and harm from complications of those procedures.