Title

Falling through the cracks: New zealand prostate cancer survivors’ experiences and views regarding PSA testing

Date of this Version

8-15-2014

Document Type

Letter to the Editor

Publication Details

Citation only

Patel, A., MacLeod, R., Masters, J., & Keogh, J. (2014). Falling through the cracks: New zealand prostate cancer survivors’ experiences and views regarding PSA testing. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1400), 106-109.

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© Copyright, New Zealand Medical Association, 2014

ISSN

0028-8446

Abstract

Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most common male cancer in many countries. The 5-
year survival rates for PCa are rising, with this thought to reflect improvements in
early detection via prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing and improved outcomes
from treatment options. However, there are also risks associated with PSA testing,
such as misdiagnosis and harmful side-effects from various treatments that may
outweigh any potential benefits, especially for older men.

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