Yep. And the evidence shows that most prostate cancers are so slow-growing if they grow at all, that they would have no real possibility of killing a man until well after old age got him. Most - not all.
The problem is partly the equipment's value as a profit center, true. I think a part of it is the fact that those centers typically get run through non-profits, which together with the 'War on' mentality, has allowed them to just run berserk. It's not that all doc's are like that - I've seen some truly amazing people, too. Or even all centers - I don't know them all.
But this is turning out to be just one more of those areas where 'Government partnering with Industry' has run completely amok. Calling bullshit on cancer centers is seen as a sacrilege, but it needs to be done. I don't believe it's possible to do _anything- 'in the public interest' without being 100% willing to hold it to an even higher standard, if for no other reason than the sheer number of people involved. Because, that number is exactly equal to the number of possible people who can potentially be harmed as well as helped. And that deserves more than mere lip service and tax deductable status. I counted - the ratio of appointments, records requests answered, and treatments actually rendered was microscopic, compared to the funding requests I got.
Actually, the entire field is a mess. There's good work being done - and thank God for those people! But look how many decades this 'War' has gone on and how relatively little it's managed to produce in the way of real knowledge. Look at the way the NCI database is still organized - as if cancer could be identified solely by the body part it affects! ...reminds me of the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, the War on Tobacco, etc. We need a War on Fake Wars, so we can get back to doing useful stuff about those things. A cancer researcher without a War is a lot like a boxing match without Don King - and for the same reasons.