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

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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I am 67 years old and just recently developed BPH which my urologist had been treating very well with alfusozin but on every visit he drew blood for testing. On the third visit he claimed that my PSA was up to around 5. This, he told me, could be a precursor to cancer although it was doubtful. He suggested I do an in-office biopsy and that it "is not so bad." Holy moley, it was the most painful thing I have ever endured in my life; said life includes many root canals, self-setting a broken leg in an emergency situation and every usual thing one meets up with. (Not to mention a few days of horrible, bleeding recovery he never even mentioned would happen beforehand). As the book suggests is pretty much the norm on this all-too-useless test it returned a negative. Thank God it didn't do a false positive! Or even a real positive which the book explains is not really anything to base any decision solely upon.

I don't really know my doctor personally. I would like to think that... Read more
After reading this excellent book, I now wonder three years after completing prostate cancer treatment and being cancer free with minimal side effects, if I really needed treatment. When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer my background as a psychologist with an interest in research led me to reviewing the literature on prostate cancer. I became aware of the risks of severe side effects inherent in most prostate cancer treatments and the dangers of the profit driven prostate cancer industry. I then selected the treatment I believe has the least risk of side effects, proton therapy. I discovered that most of the men going through this treatment with me also invested a great deal of time and effort reviewing this same literature. Unfortunately, most men don't seek such knowledge and instead make the understandable mistake of trusting the physician, almost always a urologist, who diagnosed their prostate cancer and then recommends treatment. A very real danger exists when the... Read more
I had a PSA test a few years ago and when results showed a high PSA. I agree to a biopsy. It was very painful and I was peeing blood for a week and blood in my semen for 2 weeks. It showed no signs of cancer. A year later my doctor did another PSA test (I didn't know they do a PSA test every year when a man reaches a certain age) and wanted to perform another biopsy. I started researching PSA tests and immediately found Dr Ablin, the respected Pathologist who discovered the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA). He explains that it only indicated that you have a prostate (hence the term Prostate specific not cancer specific. In the chapter "the color of money" he explains how they got FDA approval and how it Is a multi-billion dollar industry.
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