Few issues have been as divisive as prostate cancer screening. While some prominent Australian urologists are very active in talking up the importance of prostate cancer screening, few Australians would be aware that no government anywhere in the world has a formal policy supporting prostate cancer screening. Nor would they be aware that aside from some professional urological societies, no reputable cancer control or expert prevention agency anywhere in the world currently recommends screening for the disease.
Despite this international expert consensus, de facto screening of populations is well under way, being driven by well-meaning advice about the importance of men becoming more informed about their health.
Medical science is today unable to predict with any precision which early discovered prostate cancers will turn out to be those that kill, and particularly which will kill men in middle age. The frontline diagnostic tool in efforts to screen for prostate cancer – the PSA test – is a tool which has very poor ability to find problematic cancers. It finds many benign cancers which could have been left alone.
The aim of the book is to provide a detailed examination of the main questions that a man should be asking before deciding to get tested for prostate cancer. It will help men to make informed decisions that best fit their circumstances and temperament. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie? is a ‘must read’ for all men who care about their health, and those who support them.
Alexandra Barratt is professor of public health at the University of Sydney.
Martin Stockler is a professor of oncology and clinical epidemiology at the University of Sydney.
Simon Chapman is professor emeritus of public health at the University of Sydney. In 2013 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his contributions to public health.
Why have we written this book?
About the authors
2. What is the risk of dying from prostate cancer?
3. What is the risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer?
4. What increases or decreases the risk of prostate cancer?
5. How is it prostate cancer diagnosed?
6. What are the treatments for early stage prostate cancer?
7. To screen or not to screen for prostate cancer?
8. Some further questions and answers
'Chapman and his co-authors, through this well written book, provide the reader with a balanced commentary and navigate the reader through the basics of prostate cancer, management issues, and finally to the issue of that of prostate cancer screening. The authors also clearly illustrate these complex issues through deconstructing numbers and figures that are easily understood for both GPs and patients.'
Justin Tse Australian Family Physician
Size: 210 × 148 × 8 mm
10 b&w illustrations and 10 b&w tables
Copyright: © 2010
Publication: 29 Oct 2010