Most Internet Sources on Prostate Cancer Disagree with Expert Panel's Recommendation

“Only 17 percent of top-ranked consumer health websites advise against screening for prostate cancer, a recommendation made more than two years ago by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), according to a study presented at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

“In an Internet search for the phrase ‘prostate cancer screening’ on three main U.S. search engines, study researchers found that most sites appearing on the first results page recommended a patient-individualized approach to screening.

“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men besides skin cancer, affecting one in seven American men over their lifetime according to the American Cancer Society.1 Screening, which is routine testing in the absence of symptoms, can detect prostate cancer early. Screening tests for this cancer are the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, a digital rectal exam, or both.

” ‘The recommendation not to screen men for prostate cancer is controversial,’ said lead author Philip Zhao, MD, a urologist at The Arthur Smith Institute for Urology at North Shore–Long Island Jewish Health System, New Hyde Park, N.Y. He performed the research while a resident physician at Rutgers–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, N.J, under the guidance of Robert E. Weiss, MD, professor of urology.

” ‘Our study results suggest that two-thirds of the online community disagree with the USPSTF recommendation against prostate cancer screening,’ Dr. Zhao said.”


The Ups and Downs of Lung Cancer Screening with Low-Dose CT

“As a form of cancer that kills 90% of those who develop it, lung cancer is a particularly fearsome adversary to the field of oncology. However, because half of patients with lung cancer have advanced disease at the time of diagnosis, early detection offers hope for reduced mortality.

“To this end, several organizations — including the American Cancer Society (ACS), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the American Lung Association (ALA) and the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) — have updated their lung cancer screening guidelines to suggest screenings with low-dose CT.”