Some of today's papers have articles about a "three-minute prostate
cancer test" - though it's a simple test, measuring citrate by "shining
light through the fluid after adding a luminous metal", the sample is
obtained by aspiration biopsy - ouch! ("more invasive than a blood
Perhaps more worrying is that the main selling point is speed, with the
Telegraph referring to "a long wait for results" and the Mail stating that
PSA results "take between one and two weeks to come back from the
laboratory". Where do they get these 'facts' from? - my wife's GP
surgery has a notice inviting patients to phone for results only 1 week
after specimen collection . . .
Dr David Bullock
Director, Birmingham Quality
P O Box 3909, Birmingham B15 2UE, U K
FAX: 0121 414 1179 [+44 121 414 1179]
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