New Haven (WTNH) -
Katz from the
School of Medicine was with us this morning to explain the
debate in the medical community over whether or not tests for
prostate cancer are of any benefit to patients.
Unlike mammograms or colonoscopy screenings, PSA blood tests
have never been proven to save lives.
Two new studies released earlier this week from the
Journal of Medicine seem to raise even more questions about the
tests. The studies conflict: one suggests screening provides no
mortality benefit, and another suggests it provides a modest
Dr. Katz explains that the decision to get screened for prostate
cancer is one that men should make with their doctor, depending on
the patient's needs.
"Ideally, it's the partnership that should make this decision,"
said Dr. Katz. "You need to trust your doctor and know that advice
is realiable, and advice that you like, and then it should be
tailored to you."
To find free full-text editions of the studies mentioned, visit
The New England School of Medicine website at