Is Screening for Prostate Cancer Harmful?

October 10, 2011

NBC 10

Alan Wein, MD, PhD (Hon), professor and chief of the Division of Urology, is quoted in an NBC10 story about the new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation against routine prostate cancer screening for men using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, since studies show that it does not does not save lives and may, in fact, harm men as a result of treatment for cancers that would, if left untreated, have grown to slowly to kill them. Wein says the recommendation sheds light on the importantce of better pinpointing which patients actually need to be treated after being diagnosed with the cacner. "There are a lot of people that don't need to be treated," he says. "What it does, I think ... it'll hopefully make people more careful about who they screen." Read More