Panel says no to routine PSA screenings for prostate cancer
Drs. Siegel and Samadi weigh in
- Duration 3:19
- Date May 27, 2012
Drs. Siegel and Samadi weigh in
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Started we're gonna begin with a major change in medical advice for men out there of any age a federal panel saying that healthy men should no longer undergo.
Routine screening for prostate cancer -- PSA blood tests can do more harm.
Then good is that overstated doctors might mean the blood test doesn't do -- any harm is -- getting the results.
What they're saying is Jamie that you have to screen about a thousand -- in order to save one life.
But the truth is that while you may cost some for us to do that.
You know what's the price of saving that one life and that's where this -- is supposed to -- you look at the big mass of people to find those are the ones that have really bad disease.
PSA -- -- prostate specific -- I wish.
I wish we had prostate cancer specific antigen what we don't so it's still part of medicine when the patient come to my office has a urologist and I look at them.
I don't react just based on one number I look at the whole entire picture but that's.
If they come to your office -- so I was standing there when a very young man here at fox.
Was telling you that he had his blood drawn and he had all these tests and you said what's your PSA and he said.
I didn't have to check.
Tell us today who should go and get -- -- -- this study is confusing.
Men over the age of forty need to get a baseline PSA test.
Despite all this vital to confusion that this use passcode is telling us if you have family history if you're African Americans you're at higher risk and you should get this test.
Not every elevated PSA means biopsy another revives he -- surgery or radiation I'm not every surgery -- radiation means -- -- and -- I think they're looking.
I -- glass half empty.
What PSA has saved lives over the last two decades we know based on the CDC's.
-- statistics it has reduced the rate of death.
OK so it's better than -- how does how better to get the result also has reduced the rate of metastasis or spread of cancer so it did does help you need to know that.
Doctor -- so you're a man -- -- man I should go every year then and tell my doctor that I wanted PSA test every year you know I agree with David on this because for the simple reason.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- The PSA will tell me if it's elevated that there may be something wrong with your prostate -- maybe inflamed maybe it's infected maybe you need antibiotics maybe -- -- -- and maybe you have prostate cancer and you know what it has done for us.
It's made us make that diagnosis of prostate cancer a lot earlier with 2.5 million men out there with prostate cancer.
90% of Americans said they want to know -- want to know if they have prostate cancer.
If you over biopsy.
Isn't the PSA.
The problem if you do surgery unnecessarily isn't the PSA appears is a tool US preventive service task force should be ashamed of themselves.
They are not cancer specialist they're not urologists who specialize in prostate cancer like doctors some money if this test goes by the wayside insurance won't cover it.
And I won't be able -- and I needed to save lives and to send appropriate patients to urologists like dozens of my message this morning is keep on keep on getting.
You need you better information.