Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Graphically Confusing

This pic suggests that one should not bother with prostate screening:

I am not sure I believe it entirely.  But the idea that lots of folks get false alarms and then have to have biopsies is pretty alarming.  I am not that kind of doctor, but suddenly I feel less pressure to get screened as I approach the big 50 in a few years.  How about you?

Update: This editorial suggests that the graphic above is not so random.  The Preventative Services Task Force has concluded that seeking to attack prostate cancer early does more harm than good. 

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