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To learn more about prostate cancer, screening, and treatment, visit www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org.

It's also worth noting that McEnroe's campaign for early PSA screening was funded by the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. Consumer Reports Health urges consumers to think twice about where their information is coming from and get the facts about who's behind the messages they're hearing on TV and elsewhere. Drug companies spend billions of dollars every year on direct-to-consumer advertising but all those minutes of air time aren't necessarily amounting to better information for consumers. Drug ads sometimes play down or omit information about nondrug options, or imply that a drug works wonders for everyone when in reality it works only marginally better than a placebo. For our critique of various drug ads, log on to the following url to view AdWatch: www.consumerreports.org/health/prescription-drugs/adwatch/overview/adwatch-hub.htm.

And if you're wondering who's influencing CR's message, the answer is clear: no one! That's because Consumer Reports doesn't accept advertising. CRH's report on prostate screening is the result of comparative effectiveness research (CER). As noted in a recent Consumer Reports Health blog (http://blogs.consumerreports.org/health/2009/02/comparative-effectiveness.html), ther
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