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

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Macmillan, Mar 4, 2014 - Medical - 262 pages

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.

 

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Contents

one The Jungle
9
Two A Decision I Thought I Could Live With
17
Three What The Bleep Just Happened?
31
Four The Color of Money
91
seven Its 112 Degrees in Tucson
205
Appendix
231
Notes
237
Index
257
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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 has published more than 400 bylined articles in leading medical journals.

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