A Second Look at the European Randomised Study Of
Screening For Prostate Cancer

Tweet Last week, The Lancet published 13-year follow-up results from the European Randomised study of Screening for Prostate Cancer (ERSPC), an international trial of PSA testing in seven countries (the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland). (Unfortunately, the complete study is behind a paywall.) The core finding reported was that after 13 years

With Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Screening Questioned, Why Not Hurl Out the Next Unproven Prostate Tests?

Tweet The headline in the New York Times story this morning, “New Prostate Cancer Tests Could Reduce False Alarms,” by Andrew Pollack, had me scratching my head. Had I missed something in the story of advances in prostate cancer screening and diagnosis? The search for finding something better than PSA tests to reduce false positives

Are Dense-Breast, Right-to-Know Laws Helpful?

Tweet In a victory for the dense-breast patient movement, Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed legislation last week requiring that doctors who discover that women have dense breasts on mammography must inform women that: dense breasts are a risk factor for breast cancer; mammography sees cancer less well in dense breasts than in normal breasts; and

Is the Bar High Enough for Screening
Breast Ultrasounds for Dense Breasts?

Tweet In a unanimous decision yesterday, FDA approved the first breast ultrasound imaging system for dense breast tissue “for use in combination with a standard mammography in women with dense breast tissue who have a negative mammogram and no symptoms of breast cancer.” Patients should not interpret FDA’s approval of the somo-v Automated Breast Ultrasound

Confused About What Health Reform Has to Offer:
Sept. 23rd Marks One Year with New Patient Protections

Tweet You may not love every single bit of health reform coming down the pike, but make no mistake about it: new patient protections that went into effect one year ago had their one-year anniversary Sept. 23. I think health reform, as enacted by the Patient Protection and Accountability Care Act (AKA “PPACA”), is a

Writing About Alzheimer’s and Dementia Gets Complicated

Tweet Now that I have spent three days listening to expert neurologists, demographers, caregivers, and policy people talk about Alzheimer’s, I come away from the meeting with a sense that the story is complicated, and that I hope it is not reduced to talking points and sound bites. I didn’t feel that it was at