Could the decline in #prostatecancer diagnoses usher in an increase in death rates? #cancer screening

There are a lot of problems with cancer screening. Explaining and understanding the calculus behind the tests is not easy.  Suffice to say that early detection is generally not the life saver we thought it would be. Now comes a steep decline in prostate cancer diagnoses. Harvard's Meir Stampfer asks where that's good news or bad … Continue reading Could the decline in #prostatecancer diagnoses usher in an increase in death rates? #cancer screening

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5/7: Boston health events this week

Thanks to Boston Science and Engineering Lectures for listings. We  urge you to double-check the "Details" links for changes and cancellations and to note the asterisks regarding limited access to some events. Tuesday 2p.  "Recent Insights into the Protein Biology of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases."  Dennis J. Selkoe.   Brigham & Women's:  Building for Transformative Medicine, … Continue reading 5/7: Boston health events this week

Coffee and prostate cancer: Not what you think

That wacky comic hero Too Much Coffee Man will rejoice! A new Harvard study has found that men who drink 1 to 3 cups of coffee a day had a 20 percent lower risk of serious prostate cancer than non-coffee drinkers. The risk is 25 percent lower for those who 4 or 5 cups. As … Continue reading Coffee and prostate cancer: Not what you think

Screening for Cancer Questioned

BHN thinks this it is huge that the American Cancer Society finally admitted that cancer screening sometimes leads to overdiagnosis. Or did they? This blog item from the Associations of Health Care Journalists notes that ACS backpedaled a day after the NYTimes reported on the society's change of heart. Check out their links too.   (Times writer Gina) Kolata’s story … Continue reading Screening for Cancer Questioned