Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Manitoba
Alan Katz is an expert advisor with EvidenceNetwork.ca and a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He is also the Associate Director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, where he serves as the Director of Research.
Emergency department wait times are a matter of concern for many Canadians. We wonder if we, or our loved ones, will have to wait in pain or discomfort for hours before being seen. Or if a life-threatening condition could get worse while we wait.
This week saw a U.S. recommendation that PSA screening for prostate cancer should no longer be routine care for men at average risk. The evidence, in other words, has spoken. So, many are now asking the question: if doctors are no longer supposed to screen in certain populations for two of the most common cancers, is the age of medical screening over?