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The Great Prostate Hoax How Big Medicine Hijacked the PSA Test and Caused a Public Health Disaster,9781137278746

The Great Prostate Hoax How Big Medicine Hijacked the PSA Test and Caused a Public Health Disaster

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1st
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9781137278746

ISBN10:
1137278749
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Hardcover
Pub. Date:
3/1/2014
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Palgrave Macmillan Trade
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Summary

Every year, more than a million  men undergo painful needle biopsies for prostate cancer, and upward of 100,000 have radical prostatectomies, resulting in incontinence and impotence. But the shocking fact is that most of these men would never have died from this common form of cancer, which frequently grows so slowly that it never even leaves the prostate. How did we get to a point where so many unnecessary  tests and surgeries are being done? In The Great Prostate Hoax, Richard J. Ablin exposes how a discovery he made in 1970, the prostate-specific antigen (PSA), was co-opted by the pharmaceutical industry into a multibillion-dollar   business. He shows how his discovery of PSA was never meant to be used for screening prostate cancer, and yet nonetheless the test was patented and eventurally approved by the FDA in 1994. Now, doctors and victims are beginning to speak out about the harm of the test, and beginning  to search for a true prostate cancer-specific  marker.

Author Biography

Richard J.  Ablin, PhD,  DSc (HON)  is a professor of Pathology at University of Arizona College of Medicine. In 1970 he identified PSA—the  prostate specific antigen that is used as a test for prostate cancer. For decades he has fought against the misuse of his discovery, including a 2010 New York Times op-ed titled “The Great Prostate Mistake.” He lives in Tucson, AZ.

Ronald Piana is a science writer specializing in oncology. He edits and writes for ASCO, the publication of the American Society for Clinical Oncology. He lives in Huntington, NY.



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