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Prostate cancer: It’s not one size fits all

Debate and discussion have been aroused due to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force’s draft recommendation on prostate cancer screening. The dispute arises regarding its worth and usefulness of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing. This is a normal, bold test that males of ages 50 and above are recommended to take.

It is up to men to have cancer screening tests. However, they need to realize the benefits and drawbacks that might result from a PSA screening.

PSA screening tests do in fact save lives. Statistics of the last decade showed that there was a huge drop in the mortality rate of prostate cancer patients.  Results also showed a drastic increase in the number of men to have been cured of its treatment.

It’s a common conception for men that being diagnosed with prostate cancer does not mean that they will die from it. What they do not understand is that not all prostate cancers are the same. Some kinds of prostate cancer can be more lethal and aggressive. Others are rarely so. Those patients diagnosed with local tumors and nonaggressive prostate cancer do not need to get it treated. Since the tumor is inactive and benign, it does not cause any harm.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers found in men. There are around 20 types of prostate cancer found. It can be caught through a screening of a simple blood test. PSA screening tests can be a lifesaver in catching prostate cancer at its early stage.

Due to this cancer’s low mortality rate, critics take it as a reason to do without the test. Not only that, they also point out any possible risks of the treatment. Recent studies have shown that there has been an increase in treatments of prostate cancer in those patients who may not necessarily need it.

PSA screening test results are certainly not accurate and perfect. The test may show abnormal signs when in fact, the patient is fine. Doctors argue that instead of eliminating the test altogether, effort and attention should be placed on the improvement and a better interpretation of the test.

If you want to live a full and healthy life, you should consult your doctor and get yourself screened for prostate cancer, it really can save your life.