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Jan 9, 2006

Does Screening For Prostate Cancer Saves Lives?

Does Screening For Prostate Cancer Saves Lives?
Digital Rectal Examination
The debate over the reason to screen males for prostate cancer continues. Adding to this debate. two widely used screening tests for prostate namely digital rectal examination (DRE) and PSA testing does not save lives as per a new study.

This was a small study, which included only 1,002 men, and for the same reason will not be the final word on this controversy. Nevertheless, this may hint at what lies in the lead when the results of two large studies of prostate cancer screening appear in a few years.

The researchers looked at these two common screening tests that are performed millions of times a year in the United States: PSA, and a DRE.

A co-author of the study, Dr. John Concato, said that for now, doctors should tell men that screening tests for prostate cancer are not perfect, and men should decide for themselves whether to get screened.

The reason why there is no benefit in screening may be due to the fact that some cases of prostate cancer can be so slow-growing that they never cause symptoms, much less death. Treatment for these slow growing tumors using surgery or radiation can cause incontinence and impotence. So for some men, detecting prostate cancer early through screening can do more harm than good.

The results of PSA may be ambiguous results. It should be remembered that most men who undergo a biopsy because they have elevated PSA levels do not have prostate cancer. On the other hand, some men with low PSA levels may present with prostate cancer.

Various medical organizations have differing opinions regarding screening of prostate cancer. But most of these recommendations suggest a benefit to screening.

Mark      



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Prostate cancer
The prostate is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum in male. The tube that carries urine runs through the prostate. The prostate contains cells that make some of the seminal fluid. This fluid protects and nourishes the sperm. Prostate cancer usually starts in the gland cells of the prostate. This kind of cancer is known as adenocarcinoma. Prostate cancer is usually a slow disease, but sometimes it can grow fast and spread quickly to other organs.

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