New data from one of the larger studies of prostate cancer screening are showing that the commonly used PSA blood test may not save lives, reports The New York Times.
The verdict that healthy men shouldn't get the prostate-specific antigen test, or PSA blood test, came down from the United States Preventive Services Task Force. Its conclusions was based on five clinical trials, which showed that while PSA screening did detect more cancers, it didn't save more lives as compared with a group of men that received routine medical care.
However, questions about the conclusions are being raised, particularly with respect to younger men, since the study focused on older men.
While medically speaking the question about efficiency and effectiveness is important, legally speaking there may not be much room for the doctors to operate.
A missed diagnoses is one major reason why the entire medical malpractice bar exists. Medical malpractice laws are designed to protect patients’ rights to pursue compensation if they are injured as a result of a medical professional’s negligence.
However, malpractice suits are often complex and costly to win. Therefore, if you believe you have a medical malpractice claim, it is important to consult with an attorney who will discuss your case with you, and help you determine your best options. It is important to make the consultation in a timely manner so that the attorney can make preparations and get what is known as a “certificate of merit” which is a secondary consultation with another medical expert.
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