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Don’t Rush to Surgery for Prostate Cancer

Don’t Rush to Surgery for Prostate Cancer

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS)—and six cases in 10 occur in men age 65 and older.
For some men, prostate cancer can be an aggressive disease, but for most, the disease is slow growing—in fact, men with

It Isn’t Time to Abandon the Prostate-Specific Antigen Test Just Yet

It Isn’t Time to Abandon the Prostate-Specific Antigen Test Just Yet

In the fall of 2016, actor Ben Stiller revealed that he had been treated successfully for prostate cancer in 2014. Stiller credited his physician and the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening test for saving his life.

His announcement comes at a time when rates of prostate cancer screening and diagnosis are on

Beyond the PSA Test: Options for Screening

Beyond the PSA Test: Options for Screening

Prostate screening traditionally has focused on two methods: the digital rectal exam (DRE) and prostate specific antigen, or PSA testing. Researchers have always worked toward improving the accuracy and reliability of both modalities. Along the way, PSA test options have been surfacing.
New methods seek to clarify diagnoses in men whose

Increasing Accuracy in Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Nearly all of the one million prostate biopsies performed annually in the U.S. are triggered by elevations in pros-tate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. PSA is a protein produced by the prostate gland that may indicate the presence of cancer. Most prostate biopsies are negative for cancer. However, many men with negative

What Is Prostate Cancer?

What Is Prostate Cancer?

The vast majority of prostate cancers originate in the glandular cells of the prostate and are called adenocarcinomas. Prostate cancer is second only to prostate cancer, it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death. Data from the National Cancer Institute estimates that 14 percent of American men will be

Are You Keeping Tabs on Your PSA Levels?

Are You Keeping Tabs on Your PSA Levels?

Three big letters: P-S-A. In the world of urology and men’s health, perhaps no three letters generate more controversy. Since the early 1990s, the prostate-specific antigen (or PSA) blood test has served as the cornerstone of prostate cancer early detection. Today, it remains at the center of a debate over

Should You Be Concerned About Flaxseed?

Despite the evidence which points to flax as being a powerful “superfood”, there does remain controversy over whether or not certain people should avoid them completely. Particularly, women who have a history of…

An Abnormal PSA Result: What Comes Next?

An Abnormal PSA Result: What Comes Next?

The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test remains central to prostate cancer screening and, at the same time, at the center of considerable controversy. While proponents cite data supporting the test as a way to reduce the risk of dying from prostate cancer, critics point to the chain of events that

Prostate Gland Cancer: Testing and Diagnosis

Prostate Gland Cancer: Testing and Diagnosis

If your doctor has determined that you’re experiencing prostate cancer symptoms and that your otherwise normal PSA levels are elevated, he likely will order a biopsy of tissue from the prostate gland.

Your doctor may elect to biopsy your prostate based on whether or not you have possible symptoms of prostate

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