PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING
ANCHOR LEAD: WITH ALL THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING, WHAT’S A THINKING MAN TO DO? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
So many issues surround prostate cancer screening: whether it results in overtreatment of cancers that would never have caused a problem among the biggest. Now the American Cancer Society and others are rethinking their positions on the issue. Bill Nelson, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, says until the furor dies down, each man should be considered individually.
NELSON: I would speak with your physician. If you have a long life expectancy and you’re particularly worried because of a high risk or whatnot of dying of prostate cancer, screening can be of help. It does reduce prostate cancer mortality, that was in the studies that the ACS was reviewing. I think that if you have other health threats, prostate cancer doesn’t constitute your greatest health risk, then you might think twice about using prostate cancer screening. :23
Nelson says men can stay as informed as possible about current research on screening and treatment issues so they can make informed choices. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.