May 18, 2014

NO, REALLY, IT'S A MEDICAL PROCEDURE...:

Experts Debate Value of Self-Exam for Testicular Cancer (HealthDay, May 17, 2014)

[T]he U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society discourage the self-exams when no symptoms are present.

According to Dr. Michael LeFevre, task force chair and a professor of medicine at the University of Missouri, the task force takes only health benefits, not costs, into account in making its recommendations.

"The task force found that there is no evidence that teaching young men how to examine themselves for testicular cancer would improve health outcomes," he said. That opinion was rendered in 2011.

Given the low prevalence of testicular cancer, limited accuracy of screening tests and no evidence for the benefits of screening, the task force concluded that the harms of screening [unnecessary treatment] exceed any potential benefits, LeFevre said.

However, he added, "the task force understands that many adolescent and adult males will want to continue to regularly self-examine...



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