Gavin Mooney wrote in Crikey today about the frustrations of trying to get some useful answers to his questions about the merits, or otherwise, of PSA screening for prostate cancer.
Thanks heavens for the internet; in cyberspace you don’t have to rely on finding a doctor who’s up to date with the latest evidence and with the time and inclination to work out what it means for you.
This Canadian site will take you to several decision aids that have been developed to help men negotiate the PSA maze. The side bar on the Croakey homepage also links to some more info on decision aids generally.
It’ s just a shame that many of those who might most benefit from this sort of information may not have the ability to access it.
UPDATE: Here’s a report of a new study in the US re PSA screening and overdiagnosis