A Doctor with the Disease Shares What He Learned
Source: Jay S. Cohen, MD, author of Prostate Cancer Breakthroughs October 15, 2013
Sometimes the treatment is worse than the cure. In their zeal to prevent prostate cancer deaths, doctors send thousands of men for prostate-removal surgery or radiation, and more than half sustain sometimes lifelong impairments of their sexual functioning and/or bladder control. And surgery or radiation isn't always curative—about 25% percent of men relapse.
What's particularly alarming is that of the nearly 100,000 men who receive these treatments each year, 85% don't need them. This massive overtreatment has led expert government panels and medical associations to recommend discontinuing prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing, our most reliable early-warning test for prostate cancer—as if not diagnosing prostate cancer early will make the problem go away.
I was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago. Here's what I learned—and what every man should know…