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Letter: PSA test detected advanced cancer

Physical checklist shows the prostate-specific antigen test.

Physical checklist shows the prostate-specific antigen test. Credit: Istock

Regarding "Prostate test discouraged" [News, May 22], two years ago, I lay in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center recovering from a radical prostatectomy. My journey there began with a yearly physical that always included a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. Though I had absolutely no symptoms to warrant this blood test, I considered it a necessary part of any wellness exam.

My conscientious doctor alerted me that my test result should concern me. After seeing a urologist and an oncologist, who ordered more tests, I discovered that I had advanced cancer.

There is no doubt in my mind that the PSA test saved my life. Newsday's story gave credibility to the absurd conclusions of the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force concerning PSA tests, and that does a disservice to all who read it.

I hope that the power of the press does not prevail over the common sense of the good caring doctors of Long Island. If I had read your article two years ago, I would not be here to write this letter in response.

William J. Rostron, Middle Island


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