Tag Archives: screening

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 […]

Is it worth going for breast cancer screening?

The debate over breast cancer screening is not for the faint-hearted. Professor Michael Baum, an eminent cancer surgeon who helped set up the UK cancer screening programme, told me once about what happened when he spoke to an audience of women in the US about his doubts about mammography. ‘They threw chairs at me,’ he […]