New Prostate Cancer Test
As anyone who has ever had one can tell you, a biopsy is no fun. It is like getting snapped in the butt a dozen times by a big, old rubber band. It hurts like hell. It’s enough to make someone want to never go through that experience again. And it is expensive. If you consider that with the PSA test a biopsy is unnecessary 80% of the time, then it is no wonder that medical costs in this country seem to be going up.
There are a lot of unnecessary procedures being performed out there. Of course some of that stems from the inadequacy of some of our diagnostic tests, but I also think part of it stems from the fact that a doctor buys expensive equipment, which he then has to use in order to recuperate his cost.
I’d like to see doctors try some alternative treatments when prostate cancer is suspected and not resort immediately to the biopsy.
In any event, hooray for the new prostate cancer test. Maybe it can help eliminate some needless suffering and wasteful spending.