Well done to the Pelican charity who have said, of prostate cancer, in a press release:
“Pelican is concerned that many men with low risk cancer are being over-treated, with resultant negative side effects of urinary and sexual dysfunction. Pelican is now directly funding clinical research that could make diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer more appropriate and effective.”
It’s rare for a charity to be upfront about the problems with screening. Many charities, regrettably, want to promote screening without ensuring that people have access to fair facts about it. I’m really pleased to see the importance of false positives and unnecessary treatment being raised by patient groups: thank you.