I was recently at my urologist for a check-up following my March operation for prostate cancer at North Shore Hospital.
There is a test for prostate cancer known as the PSA test. I had the test and it indicated my PSA was high. Two weeks later, my numbers were higher still.
This disease is curable when found early, but it would not have been found in me if it was not for this test. My doctor said to me that general practitioners in 2016 would be penalized for ordering the PSA test for their patients as part of a federal effort to define and reward quality-health care service.
I find that to be an act of stupidity. This test saves lives, mine included. On average, 30,000 men will die of this disease each year and now many more without this test.
I ask you to write to your elected representatives on the federal, state and local levels to complain about this new medical policy that is just wrong. I know I will. The life you save could be your own.
Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.
Glen Oaks Village