Has PSA testing truly been a "public health disaster"?

Simon Chapman and Alexandra Barratt
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03988.x
Published online: 4 October 2010

To the Editor: Costello and Murphy’s lament1 about the discoverer of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), Richard Ablin, describing PSA testing as a “hugely expensive public health disaster”2 contains several egregious claims that require correction. They write that “since the introduction of PSA testing in the 1980s, we have seen a 25% reduction in mortality” from the disease.

  • Simon Chapman
  • Alexandra Barratt

  • School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


Competing interests:

Simon Chapman has received payment as a Board Member of Cancer Australia. His comments here do not necessarily reflect those of Cancer Australia.


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