Tag Archives: prostate cancer

When prevention is not better than cure

Prevention is always better than cure. It sounds like a no-brainer, until you realise disease prevention can contradict that other medical dictum: first do no harm. Two studies this week demonstrate this principle. Firstly, results of a long-term trial of prostate cancer screening by PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test. I summarised the study for […]

Measuring success in cancer screening

One of the more polarised debates about healthcare – and one that shows no sign of reaching consensus – is whether screening healthy people for signs of cancer does more good than harm. This month (breast cancer awareness month, in case you hadn’t noticed) has brought another flurry of accusations that breast cancer screening is […]