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Aggressive treatment of early stage prostate cancer doesn’t save lives

Prostate cancer is the second-leading killer of men, with more than 240,000 new diagnoses and 28,000 deaths every year. While many doctors still screen for the disease, more and more medical organizations are recommending against routinely doing so. And even with a cancer diagnosis, it’s not clear that aggressive treatments such as surgery or radiation […]

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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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Low Risk Prostate Cancer Means Something Different in Europe

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. This study is […]

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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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Comparing Medical Results Between Two Countries is Comparing Apples to Oranges

Comparing Medical Results Between Two Countries is 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. The Swedes don’t […]

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