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Prostate cancer blog: Prostate Cancer Screening Reduces Death Risk

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Oct 25, 2005

Prostate Cancer Screening Reduces Death Risk

Prostate Cancer Screening Reduces Death Risk
Men with prostate cancer often do not know they have this disease. This is due to the fact that men may live with prostate cancer for many years without developing any symptoms. Screening tests allow doctors to find prostate cancer at an early stage thereby reducing their death risk.

A new study found that patients diagnosed with prostate cancer who had regularly undergone the yearly blood test had a less aggressive form of the disease at diagnosis - translating into a threefold reduction in the likelihood of death when compared with patients who had skipped the screening.

"A simple blood test called PSA may decrease deaths from prostate cancer because it appears to discover prostate cancers at a more curable time," said study author Dr. Jason Efstathiou, of the department of radiation oncology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, in Boston.

The study of Efstathiou and his team was presented recently at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's meeting in Denver, mentioning that men who had a history of PSA testing were found to have had less aggressive cancer at the time of their diagnosis.

Dr. Durado Brooks, director of prostate and colorectal cancers with the American Cancer Society stated that "It's not really surprising that men who were detected by screening had less aggressive tumors, lower-risk disease, and earlier-stage cancer".

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Prostate cancer
The prostate gland 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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