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September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

To PSA or Not to PSA?
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

RIDGEWOOD, NJ – September 12 – Most urologists say yes; the United States Preventive Task Force (USPTF), a governmental agency, says no.

PSA is a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland. The PSA – prostate-specific antigen – test measures the level of PSA in a man’s blood. An elevated PSA level can be indicative of prostate cancer.

The PSA test has recently come under scrutiny by the USPTF. The agency feels that screening for prostate cancer does not save lives and puts men at risk for complications of treatment when there is a slow-growing prostate cancer.

Arguments on behalf of the effectiveness of PSA testing include:

A European study on PSA screening initially showed a 20 percent benefit in terms of mortality, which increased to 30 percent benefit several years later.

A Scandinavian study (Goteborg study) that showed an almost 50 percent benefit in mortality.

The U.S. mortality from prostate cancer has dropped approximately 40 percent since the onset of PSA testing.

Metastatic disease at presentation has dropped 75 percent since PSA testing began.
Prostate cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men.

“PSA testing does not necessarily lead to definitive treatment,” says Howard Frey, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Urologic Oncology Center. Active surveillance is used much more commonly to address slower-growing cancers that perhaps don’t need active treatment.

“Rational healthcare decisions are more easily made when you are armed with information,” Dr. Frey says. “Ultimately, whether you should or should not have a PSA test is something you will have to decide after considering your overall risk and discussing it with your doctor.”

To find a Valley Urologist near you, visit www.ValleyMedicalStaff.com or call
1-800-VALLEY 1.

2 thoughts on “September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

  1. Do we have to think about cancer every goddamned minute? Does it really help anybody? Most people have ample contact with it and would sometimes like to think about something else.

    The awareness movement has become as intrusive as constant calls for charity. Worthwhile, perhaps, but get out of my face!

  2. SCrew the government they do NOT know what is best. Any male should make the PSA blood test part of the usual ‘bloodwork’ that is taken at the annual physical (along with cholesteral, etc) What the morons @ the government fail to tell you is that if you have a ‘baseline/history’ to compare with, then it REDUCES unnecessary procedures. Example. I have a family history of prostate cancer so I have been getting PSA results every year since i was 40. If it goes up dramatically, I would have years of results to compare it with. My friend never had a test until this year. He had a very high score. Since he had no baseline to compare it to, he would be ‘at risk’ of ‘unnecessary’ biopsies etc. So ignore the govt and listen to Dr Frey and ‘common sense’. Get the test as part of your bloodwork so you can avoid problems.

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