Urologists under fire over PSA tests

An oncologist has blasted Australia’s approach to prostate cancer, accusing urologists of distorting the facts on PSA screening and fighting to “protect their turf”.

Speaking last week at the Australasian Prostate Cancer Conference in Melbourne, Associate Professor Ian Haines said routine PSA tests did more harm than good and could lead to debilitating surgery for cancers that were never going to cause trouble.

“We used to think it was best to pick up the cancer early and remove it," Professor Haines, a senior medical oncologist at Monash University, told