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The Great Prostate Hoax: How Big Medicine Hijacked the PSA Test and Caused a Public Health Disaster Hardcover – March 4, 2014
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“The Great Prostate Hoax boldly exposes the profit, politics and fraud behind PSA screening, and the serious harm done to countless men. This is a must-read for every man, and the women who care about them. ” ―Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D., author of A World Without Cancer
“Dick Ablin, the discoverer of PSA, provides the inside story of how it became P$A, a veritable public health disaster, harming millions of men. The Hoax is a unique and provocative look into big medicine and why we desperately need a better way forward.” ―Eric J. Topol, MD, Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute, Chief Academic Officer, Scripps Health and Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute; Author, The Creative Destruction of Medicine
“An intriguing story of how strong financial interests can trump weak data. And it goes well beyond the usual suspect – the manufacturer of the PSA test – to those who gain from more prostate cancer treatments and from cleaning up the resulting mess.” ―H. Gilbert Welch MD, MPH, author of Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health
“The Great Prostate Hoax is the answer to my prayers, finally getting the message out to millions of men in jeopardy of undergoing unnecessary and debilitating treatments. Hoax sends a clear message that those who profit from PSA testing are doing so at the expense of countless men. A must read.” ―Alvin Cox, prostate cancer survivor who defied a nationally renowned urologist.
About the Author
Richard J. Ablin, PhD, DSc (HON) is a professor of Pathology at University of Arizona College of Medicine. In 1970 he identified PSA―the prostate specific antigen that is used as a test for prostate cancer. For decades he has fought against the misuse of his discovery, including a 2010 New York Times op-ed titled "The Great Prostate Mistake." He lives in Tucson, AZ.
Ronald Piana is a science writer specializing in oncology. He has published more than 400 bylined articles in leading medical journals.
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Harold Dawley, Ph.D., author – Proton Warriors – Surviving Prostate Cancer AND The Prostate Cancer Industry.
I don't really know my doctor personally. I would like to think that he is as taken-in by the PSA Hoax as are many urologists and not just a greedy (word I can't type here). I know when I see him next I will come with a copy of this book and insist that he stop the PSA screening and just continue to treat my BPH with prescription renewals.
I have to say: I am outraged. I feel personally violated, betrayed and am angry with the entire Big Medicine Show that this book details so well. By the way, this book IS really a top-notch example of scientific reportage and of investigative Journalism. I worked in magazines for thirty years -- consumer level magazines with well over 6 million circulation. I say this because I want to offer it as a credential to help you to believe my judgement of this author's veracity and objectivity is on the mark.
If you are a male and you have any sort of prostate issue you need to buy this book, to read it, to be forewarned and to know what steps to take. Don't mess with your health. Take control and be informed. Good luck!
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