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Marc Garnick '68


Amid the news that a panel of government health experts recommends against routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests to screen for prostate cancer, saying the tests may lead to treatments that do more harm than good, comes insight from medical oncologist, prostate cancer expert and trustee emeritus Marc Garnick ’68.

“This has been one of the most gut-wrenching aspects of medicine that we deal with on a day-to-day basis,” says Garnick in a segment on The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

“The public perception of cancers is that all cancer is something that is potentially life-threatening, and when a person hears the word ‘cancer,’ the first thing that they want to do is get rid of it.”

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Garnick, a clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing physician at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and his wife, Dr. Barbara Kates-Garnick, founded the Arnold D. Kates Lectureship at Bowdoin.