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

Anthony J Costello and Declan Murphy
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03989.x
Published online: 4 October 2010

In reply: Chapman and Barratt’s statements about prostate cancer highlight the dramatic difference between the views of sociologists and the views of clinicians who deal daily with the burden of prostate cancer diagnosis, treatment and mortality. In 1851, prostate cancer was considered a rare disease.1 Chapman and Barratt’s views seem to remain consistent with this thesis. However, in 2010 in Australia, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men, and the most common cancer causing death in men.

  • Anthony J Costello1
  • Declan Murphy2

  • 1 The Epworth Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.



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