About a year ago I was watching the news about a report on the inaccuracies of PSA screenings. There is a group insisting that since PSAs are inaccurate, they should be eliminated. Well, that sent up a red flag for me. My first thought was how many individuals a part of this group have ever tested positive for prostate cancer which began with a high PSA reading? I can understand about the enormous amount of money being spent on the screening, as is explained in this article. But, for some to proclaim PSA screening is usless??? Seriously??? I also realize the results can vary depending on each individual, but to bring PSA screenings to a halt is a bit extreme and, if I may say so, can be negligent for men’s health. Most men already are not very proactive about their health, especially regarding the prostate. Do we really want to discourage such a vital concern with something that is so detrimental to men as breast cancer is to women??? It may be better to provide a solution that fits specifically for each individual depending upon age, individual & family health history, and, if a biopsy is performed, just how much cancer is found. For me, the inaccuracies of PSA are understood. However, they are not 100% inaccurate. As a matter of fact, it is because of my PSA screening that produced a high reading for my age that prompted a biopsy which later revealed my testing positive for prostate cancer.
At our last prostate screening at my church this past Saturday, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Achal Modi, M.D. of the Urology Associates of North Texas. He spoke to the men about prostate health and screening and had some very interesting things to say about the PSA screening issue. I asked if I could speak with him later while the men were being screened and he allowed me to record our conversation. Very informative and I highly recommend making an appointment with him if you live in the Dallas area. Listen to the interview below.
Since I like being transparent about this in order to help more brothers understand, maybe in a future post I’ll put up my pathology report. Stay tuned.