Concerns Raised Over Test for Prostate Cancer
As per the findings of a new research, it has been declared that the test that has been carried for years to test prostate cancer is not efficient.
It has been discovered that the medical experts have raised concerns over the implementation of the Prostate Specific Antigen Test (PSA) to detect the presence of the cancer.
It has been estimated that about 3,500 deaths each year are encountered in Australia due to prostate cancer. Worse reports regarding the disease suggest that the medical facilities till now lack a suitable and reliable detection test equipment.
However, still several survivors of the disease suggest that the tests they underwent for the detection of prostate cancer, has actually given them a new life.
A case of such a survivor, Anthony Foundas, who was diagnosed with the cancer, strongly believes that if he had not underwent the test, PSA, then he would not have been alive today.
However, the Australia's peak cancer body, Cancer Council of Australia, has revealed that the new study that they conducted has proved that the test results for most of the cases are not justified.
Professor Ian Olver, the Chief Executive of the Cancer Council of Australia, demonstrated that the findings of the study totally oppose the use of the blood test, the PSA for the detection of the cancer. He emphasized that the test should be banned, it should not be practiced.
Regarding the reasons behind the ineffectiveness of the test, he said, "If you have the test and it is elevated, you don't necessarily have prostate cancer and even if you do have, it may not be the one that would take your life so you may well die of something else".
He illustrated that the figures obtained after the test results are unable to prove the intensity of the cancer, like which one is more aggressive and vice versa. However, further studies are being conducted to get more knowledge.