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Are Physicians Smarter than Fifth Graders?

All too often the most powerful illusions seduce us through truthful whisperings. Let’s start with an obvious truth: Living a long and happy life after a cancer diagnosis is better than living a short miserable one.

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The Upside of Metastatic Prostate Cancer

The American Urological Association (the AUA) is outraged that the Unites State Preventative Services Task Force doesn’t support, has even “disparaged,” PSA screening.  Dr. John Lynch, a member of its Board of Directors, even appealed to prostate cancer survivors to lobby against the Task Force’s recommendation, painting a dire picture of life without this controversial screening test:

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Is Prostate Cancer Screening Truly Harmful?

Dr. Timothy Wilt, a member of the United States Preventive Services Task Force, stood in front of the American Urological Association audience and explained why the task force could not recommend that men undergo routine PSA screening. At most, he explained, the test had been shown to benefit one out of 1000 men.

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