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A Clearer Picture Of Prostate Cancer

By Dr. Fred Newton, Prostate Cancer Center,
An integral component of Urology of Central PA
as printed in 50plus Senior News September 2009

Should you test for prostate cancer or shouldn’t you? No doubt you’ve read or heard about recent studies questioning the advisability of PSA screening for prostate cancer.

In brief, some researchers are concerned that prostate cancer can be so slow growing that the prescribed treatment and side effects are often worse than the potential consequences of inaction.

However, should routine PSA testing be discouraged, one very perplexing dilemma remains: How can any unsuspecting patient know for certain if he harbors cancer cells, and if so, whether his particular cancer is slow growing or of the more aggressive type that can quickly become fatal if left untreated?