More than 40,000 of the nearly 80,500 new cases of bladder cancer estimated to be diagnosed in 2019 will be found in smokers.
To say we are disappointed in a decision by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to recommend against use of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test for cancer screening is an understatement. Data continues to confirm that early testing for prostate cancer, in particular the use of the PSA test, has contributed to the decline in death rates from prostate cancer by nearly 40 percent over the last two decades.
Oddly, the task force did not include any physician who treats prostate cancer and chose to ignore credible data from recent studies when they issued their recommendation. The Urology Group has treated thousands of patients with prostate cancer and we know for a fact that early detection is the key.
Here are some prostate cancer facts for patients and families to consider:
We feel so strongly that screening is key to survival that we have launched a community awareness program in the Greater Cincinnati area. For information on free prostate cancer screenings I encourage you to visit www.freeprostatecincy.com. If you’d like to support additional research consider joining us for our annual Great Prostate Cancer Challenge 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 8. You’ll find more information in Education/Events section of our website.
My advice to all men 50 and older–or to men who are 40 and are African American or have a family history of prostate cancer–is to make a prostate exam a part of your annual checkup. We know screening works and will continue to be an advocate for the PSA test despite what a government panel believes.
If going to the bathroom is spooking you, there may be reasons beyond a potential illness.
The number of men expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year could nearly populate the entire city of Fort Lauderdale. That image doesn’t exactly conjure a day at the beach. But it does have a silver lining, which is this: All men do have the ability to limit their risks and identify symptoms…