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Harvard expert urges caution for use of new prostate cancer test

July 2, 2012

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Daniel Pendick, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Daniel Pendick is a former executive editor of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. He previously served as editor and chief writer for the Cleveland Clinic Men’s Health Advisor and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine’s Focus On Healthy … See Full Bio
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Paul F Davis
July 30, 2012

Thank you for siding with people and public health rather than the profit motive of some of the medical industry that pushes excessive testing to the detriment of physical well being.

Samuel Jones j-r
July 17, 2012

I much will it cost to tax-payers. “.. use of free PSA testing alone could prevent one in ten unnecessary biopsies… I don’t know.. As for me I would spent this money for more researches on more effective prostate cancer treatments. This is my personal opinion.

July 10, 2012

Most adult men usually are prone to suffer from prostate cancer and though this kind of treatment seems promising, I agree that caution must be taken for the use of the test. Ern

Wendy Poage
July 3, 2012

If utilized correctly in practice, the PHI test can help to reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies. This test is likely the first of many new biomarkers that can help to address questions surrounding the screening debate and improve the decision-making process for men. At present, PHI is a valuable new option for men and their doctors, and a step in the right direction toward reducing over diagnosis and over treatment. Several published studies have demonstrated a relationship between increased phi and increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer and more research is planned to further evaluate this.

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