The Dubious Merits of Screening for Cancer of the Breast and Prostate

  • Andrew Thompson
  • Norman J. Temple


In the previous chapter we questioned the value of statin drugs in dealing with coronary heart disease. This chapter will extend our skeptical reevaluation to screening and treatment procedures for breast and prostate cancer, two of the most prominent cancers in First World countries. Massive screening programs have been instituted for each, and these programs have been strongly promoted by health authorities, politicians, movie stars, and many other prominent persons. It is unorthodox, if not blasphemous, to take a contrary public stance. However, one important item has been overlooked in this juggernaut campaign. The research that has been done leaves serious question marks as to the value of screening for these cancers.


Breast Cancer Prostate Cancer Radical Prostatectomy Breast Cancer Screening Digital Rectal Examination 
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  • Norman J. Temple

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