Advocates of PSA testing campaign to silence critics

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:255
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    Advocates of prostate cancer screening have launched a national campaign to silence the editors of the American journal wjm—the Western Journal of Medicine—after the editors wrote an opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle arguing that such screening may cause more harm than good.

    In the piece the editors, Michael Wilkes and Gavin Yamey, discussed the unreliability of the screening tests used to detect prostate cancer—the digital rectal examination and the prostate specific antigen (PSA).

    They also argued that false positive tests cause considerable morbidity related to the complications of prostate …

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