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.
The physicians at The Urology Group are big supporters of vigorous debate, especially when it comes to patients’ health and the choices they make. But recent reports that question the necessity of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests for prostate cancer force us to get out in front of the issue and defend the importance of the screenings.
Data continues to confirm that early testing for prostate cancer, in particular the use of the PSA test, has contributed to the decline in prostate cancer deaths by nearly 40 percent over the last 20 years. Indeed, The Urology Group alone has treated thousands of patients with prostate cancer and we know for a fact that the early detection the PSA makes possible is the key to recovery and survival. This is particularly the case among high-risk groups such as men with a history of prostate cancer and African American men.
But we also know that it is always the patient’s decision regarding the course of treatment, whether to watch and wait or have surgery.
Here are some prostate cancer facts for patients and families to consider:
The PSA debate is not a new one; we have made our case before and will continue to do so as long as we believe that PSA screenings save lives. Like any physician, we are in the field because we want to provide advanced care and improve the health of our patients. To support that mission, The Urology Group has invested in an active clinical trials program researching new treatments for a variety of urologic conditions, including prostate cancer (www.urologygroup.com/clinical-trials).
Knowledge empowers you with choice. 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.
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…