Thursday, December 8, 2011

NIH panel urges research on treating early prostate cancer from USA Today

The treatment may be worse than the disease itself in a growing percentage of men diagnosed with prostate cancer, so there is an "urgent need" for more research into the role of delaying treatment or avoiding it altogether, a panel of experts convened by the National Institutes of Health concluded Wednesday.

Next to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in U.S. men. This year, more than 240,000 are expected to be diagnosed, and 33,000 are expected to die from it. Surgery or radiation can cure prostate cancer, but the treatments leave many men with erectile dysfunction and/or urinary incontinence.

Before PSA screening was introduced in 1987, most prostate cancers were detected at a more advanced stage. Men either had symptoms from advanced disease or their doctor felt a growth in the gland during a rectal exam.

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