Awhile back, in March of 2010, NPR reported about the “Prostate Test: Lifesaver or Big Mistake?” I sent an email to my sons telling them that they should be aware of this, since testing, I assume and hope, will eventually be recommended to them, and to all men…
…like with breast and cervical cancer screening for women….The important aspect to remember is that screening is just that: screening. It is NOT DIAGNOSIS. It means RISK, not disease (like I repeatedly said in my previous work in newborn screening for genetic diseases).
Screening may need follow up. Please do follow through.
If you can’t afford them, ask the provider if they are available at reduced rate, or for free. Or call you local health department.
Take advantage of all screening tests that are available to you. That’s the bottom line!