In the wake of the publication of two large trials on prostate cancer screening on Wednesday, there’s been a fair bit of coverage and comment.
This particularly riled Bad Science columnist Ben Goldacre, who wrote a damning piece for the Guardian.
Taking the two studies together, Dr Len Lichtenfield on the American Cancer Society’s blog, was disappointed but yet philosophical:
Have you ever wanted something for such a long time that when it finally arrived you found yourself terribly disappointed?
… At first blush, my reaction was that these studies don’t really give us the answer we were waiting for. But on further reflection, maybe they did-sort of like not making a decision is in fact a decision. Perhaps not getting a clear answer to the question as to the value of prostate cancer screening is in fact a clear answer.
At the end of the day, each of us will have to be our own judge on the merits of the case and what we want to do for ourselves when it comes to the early detection of prostate cancer.
While the ever-excellent NHS Choices site published a comprehensive breakdown of the ERSPC trial, putting it in context with the PLCO results.
Finally, the New England Journal itself hosted a round-table discussion with a panel of experts on the matter that’s definitely worth a watch.