27 Jul Overtreatment of Prostate Cancer
Skip Lockwood of ZERO says that the PSA test is not to blame for the overtreatment of men with prostate cancer BUT it is what happens next. Whether the cancer is diagnosed as low risk or not many men choose to undergo aggressive treatment to eliminate the cancer from their bodies and their conscience rather than simply monitoring the disease throughout their lives. Some doctors and patients are too quick to rush to treatment rather than carefully determine the risk and benefits of various procedures.
The proof is in the science PSA test SAVES LIVES!!
Even the July 26th issue of Archives of Internal Medicine points out that a tremendous improvement in survival (in the USA) has been attributed to early detection and treatment.
In the USA because of early detection, 90% of patients are diagnosed before the cancer spreads beyond the prostate and nearly 100% of those patients survive at least 5 years.
Compare that to the UK where only 50% of patients are diagnosed before the cancer spreads beyond the prostate.