Screening Smarter, Not Harder for Prostate Cancer


The current battle around using the PSA test to screen for prostate cancer boils down to weighing the harms and benefits of two probabilities: The probability of saving more lives by detecting prostate cancer earlier with PSA screening; versus… The probability of overdiagnosis leading to unnecessary (and expensive) treatment for a prostate cancer that is […]

The Media, Famous Old Men, and Prostate Cancer

Jerry Brown

A few months ago, it was Warren Buffet (82). Last week, it was actor Ian McKellen (73) and California Governor Jerry Brown (74). All these older men announced that they had localized prostate cancer. Buffet has completed radiation therapy; Brown is slated to begin it shortly. McKellan revealed that he’s been following active surveillance (i.e., […]

Has Men’s Cancer Activism Finally Found Its Mo…Jo?

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Every prostate cancer advocate had heard the depressing comparison with breast cancer advocacy. Most people—and a huge list of corporate sponsors—know what pink means during the month of October, but few realize that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month. Efforts to promote the color blue in support of prostate cancer advocacy in the same manner […]

Cancer is Not Pink


In case you haven’t noticed (and it is hard not to), October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). Founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca), NBCAM was created to promote the prevention and early detection (particularly mammograms) of […]