More than 10,000 cases of cancer of the prostate, the walnut-sized gland that sits just below the bladder, are diagnosed every year in the UK. It is the second-most common cause of cancer deaths
Biopsies of undescended testicles, thought to increase a man's risk of developing testicular cancer later in life, reveal nothing of clinical use and increase the risk of cancer ...
One of the things conventional medicine prides itself on is its diagnoses. But much of the credit goes not to doctors, but to the technologists who have created increasingly sophisticated ways of peering into the human body.
* Choose ‘fine-needle aspiration’ performed under ultrasound; it is thought to carry the least risks (Acta Cytol, 1995; 39: 449-52)
* Lung: PET scans are just as accurate as biopsies, with no significant health risks (Appl Radiol, 2003; 32: 9-17).
* Breast: MRI has variable accuracy (60-100 per cent)
Screening for prostate cancer is surrounded by controversy - and with good reason. Although deaths due to prostate cancer have gone down since 1985, when the PSA test
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People with AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) should beware of biopsies, according to doctors in the USA.
How all our massive screening efforts for breast cancer can cause the very disease they are intended to detect. ...
Breast cancer is the second biggest lady killer in the Western world, we’re told. Most experts believe the causes are almost certainly to be found in the environment - particularly with the latest disclosure that