Health // Prostate Cancer
One in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. why doctors urge patients to learn more about the second most common cancer in men.
In 2001, Sid Mallory, then 57, visited the doctor for the time in several years. What started as a simple checkup turned into a life-changing experience. Afer receiving the results of his antigen (PSA) test, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. was a total shock, because I had no Mallory says. was like someone hit me in the face with a sledgehammer. It was a terrifing tale is a common one. Last year in the United States, an estimated 192,280 men were newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and another 27,360 died fom it. While the disease is common, there are uncertainties regarding prostate cancer screening. With all the confusion surrounding this disease, important for men to get informed.
Early prostate cancer may not have symptoms. To detect the disease, men are ofen screened beginning in their 40s or 50s. In the United States, nearly 90 percent of all prostate cancers are found in early stages, due in part to widespread use of the PSA test. This blood test measures for antigen, a protein that can be elevated by the presence of cancer. But the test is not 100 percent accurate, and it cannot tell how dangerous the cancer is. The PSA test has both advocates and critics. A recent U.S. study concluded that widespread PSA
June 2010 deltaskymag.com