October 9, 2013 - 7:17am
From Bottom Line Publications:
It is the second-most-frequently diagnosed cancer (after skin cancer) in American men and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths (after lung cancer). One in every six men will ultimately be diagnosed with prostate cancer—about 240,000 each year, resulting in close to 30,000 deaths.
Sometimes the treatment is worse than the cure. In their zeal to prevent prostate cancer deaths, doctors send thousands of men for prostate-removal surgery or radiation, and more than half sustain sometimes lifelong impairments of their sexual functioning and/or bladder control. And surgery or radiation isn't always curative—about 25% percent of men relapse.
What's alarming is that nearly 100,000 of the men who receive these treatments each year, 85 percent of these men don't need them. THis over-treatment has led some panels and medical associations to recommend discontinuing an early warning test for prostate cancer.
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