Myth #4 : You Must Start Treatment Right Away

This doesn’t make any sense, right? The logical thing to do here is to defeat the cancer before it spreads but it is important to remember that there are other factors that come into play when your doctor decides your treatment plan. What is your doctor thinking about?  Continue reading “Myth #4 : You Must Start Treatment Right Away”

Myth #3 : Blood PSA Levels are the Only Way to Make A Diagnosis

“It is true that high blood prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels usually indicate prostate cancer, but often times, the results are not so reliable. Read more to find more about your other options. Continue reading “Myth #3 : Blood PSA Levels are the Only Way to Make A Diagnosis”

Myth #2: There are no symptoms of Prostate Cancer

It’s true that many men with prostate cancer may not have any symptoms, even those who have metastatic, or rapidly spreading and changing, phase of the cancer. But it is also important to state that even the symptoms that you believe have no relation to prostate cancer could be linked to it. Read more to find out which symptoms you should be on the look-out for in the future.  Continue reading “Myth #2: There are no symptoms of Prostate Cancer”

Doctor: New PSA Recommendations Aren’t Good Enough

The USPSTF recently updated its recommendations regarding PSA testing. But at least one doctor says in a new op-ed, that isn’t enough:

A disturbing trend has been emerging in my practice over recent years: More men are being diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer, and in some cases the cancer has already metastasized to the bones and become incurable…the new guidelines – which are not finalized yet, and are open for public comment until May 8 – don’t go far enough, since I believe scientific evidence strongly suggests the benefits of this routine testing in younger men outweigh the potential harms.    

What does he think the USPSTF should do differently? Read the rest of the doctor’s opinion here.