MinervaBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7380.112 (Published 11 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:112
The small print may be accurate, but headlines are sometimes completely off the wall. A fine example of this is highlighted in the Oncologist (2002;7:475-6). A paper in the New England Journal of Medicine comparing “watchful waiting” for prostate cancer with radical prostatectomy grabbed the news last September. TheNew York Times proclaimed “prostate cancer surgery found to cut death risk”; the Boston Globe trumpeted “Two studies find no advantage to prostate surgery.” Neither was correct.