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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Overdiagnosis or overtreatment? Move to lung cancer screening fuels debate

A report from HLM on Siemens-sponsored, Atlantic-hosted event on "The Diagnostic Debate." Gregory Sorensen, the CEO of Siemens Healthcare North America opened the session by challenging the notion that screening drives overdiagnosis. "We're not over diagnosing," he said. "We're over treating." Sorensen used as an example, mammography. When doctors find a "low-grade" tumor like DCIS … Continue reading Overdiagnosis or overtreatment? Move to lung cancer screening fuels debate

Health policy digest takes on reform loopholes and clueless reporters

The latest edition of the roaming digest of health policy blogs; Health Wonks - the SuperHero Edition!!! The deficit battle is on and politicians are in full voice - both in Washington and out on the hustings, where GOP candidates are loudly denouncing health reform as unAmerican and a job killer.  Hipsters and greying hippies … Continue reading Health policy digest takes on reform loopholes and clueless reporters

Boston Globe editorial: Prostate screening limits “too sweeping”

A staff editorial in today's Globe echoes comment made by prominent docs in town: The US Preventative Services Task Force went too far in calling for limits on prostate screening. A better course would be for physicians to talk with their patients about both the uncertainties inherent in the PSA test and the relative innocuousness of … Continue reading Boston Globe editorial: Prostate screening limits “too sweeping”

Globe on reform and the cost of screening

See KHN and the usual suspects for the news on the possible demise of the public insurance plan option in the reform package.   The Globe offers a story this morning about the cost-saving potential of preventive health and screening.  While cholesterol tests, cancer screenings, and other preventive measures can save lives, there is strong disagreement about … Continue reading Globe on reform and the cost of screening