Opportunistic Prostate Screening May Not Save Lives!
FRITZ SCHRÖDER, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Though elective screening appears to have reduced the number of patients who die from prostate cancer in the United States, this has yet to be proven. A large European study is currently seeking to settle the matter, and one of the investigators, Fritz Schröder took part in a debate at the AACR entitled: Opportunistic Screening for Prostate Cancer: The Up and Down Sides of PSA Testing. Peter Goodwin talked with him about the dilemmas involved with prostate screening.
Debate on PSA Screening
PETER SCARDINO, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York
The benefits of prostate cancer screening programs were questioned in a debate at the AACR conference in Los Angeles. Because the link between early detection and mortality is not simple, treatment risks could mean there is still an argument for watchful waiting in many patients. Peter Goodwin talked with Peter Scardino about the problems clinicians are facing in the age of the PSA test.