Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Prostate vs Breast Cancer

"Taliban" Jack LAYTON has prostate cancer.  In this article Margaret WENTE mentions the unreliability of PAS (Prostate Specific Antigens):
One widely cited study found that, for every man whose death was prevented by a PSA test, 48 men received needless treatment. 

Cancer in Canada in 2008

Loraine D. Marrett, PhD , Prithwish De, MHSc PhD , Parisa Airia, MD MSc , Dagny Dryer, MD for the steering committee of Canadian Cancer Statistics 2008

Table 2: Estimated number of new cancer cases and deaths for selected cancers in Canada in 2008.
No. of new cancer cases - Breast / Prostate: 22,400 / 24,7000
No. of cancer deaths - Breast / Prostate: 5,300 / 4,300

[Update:  July 19, 2011 Here is article that explains up to 3times as many women than needed are "false positives".]

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