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Comparing treatments for prostate cancer between countries is like comparing apples to oranges

A study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine and reported on NPR appears to justify surgery for men with “low risk” prostate cancer. However, more careful review of the article revealed that what the Swedes define as “low risk” may be given a “higher risk” diagnosis in the United States. If we used […]

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PSA Still Fails to Reduce Deaths from Prostate Cancer

Last October, the results of the PLCO trial to determine the effectiveness of PSA screening were released. After a follow-up of 7 to 10 years, screening asymptomatic men for prostate cancer with PSA didn’t save more lives when compared with a group of men who were given routine medical care and tested for prostate cancer […]

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Where’s the Fire? There’s No Hurry When It Comes To Treatment For Prostate Cancer

I’ve been writing for years about the dilemma PSA testing of assymptomatic men poses on us. Basically, I’m totally against it because most men who are diagnosed with cancer will not die from the disease. I came across this terrific article by Lauran Neergaard in the Chicago Tribune which describes the journey of one man […]

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Panel Recommends Observation Rather Than Treatment for Low Grade Prostate Cancer

This year, approximately 240,000 American men will have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Because of early screening with PSA, about 100,000 of them will have low-grade prostate cancer which seldom progresses to do the patient any harm (only about 7% will die from low-grade prostate cancer, the rest will have no further problems). A panel […]

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U.S. Panel Made The Right Call on PSA Screening

PSA is not a good test to screen HEALTHY men for prostate cancer. Although it had been used as a screening tool on HEALTHY men for more than 2 decades, in 2009 a clinical trial set up by urologists across the country found that PSA screening did not save HEALTHY men from dying from prostate […]

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