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Prostate screening doesn’t save lives

A new 20-year study shows it has little benefit


 

Prostate cancer screening doesn’t save lives according to a 20-year study published in the British Medical Journal. The study followed 9,026 men in their 50s or 60s in 1987, the BBC reports, and nearly 1,500 were randomly chosen to be screened every three years from 1987 to 1996. The first two tests were done by digital rectal examination and then by prostate specific antigen testing. After a 20-year followup, the rate of death from prostate cancer didn’t differ significantly between the two groups.

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Prostate screening doesn’t save lives

  1. The exam may not save your life , but it can certainly extend it…Early detection is a big issue with Cancer …so for the '' minor '' inconvenience you endure ,,I will take the test…

  2. The exam may not save your life , but it can certainly extend it…Early detection is a big issue with Cancer …so for the '' minor '' inconvenience you endure ,,I will take the test…

    • I may not be doctor or hold a medical degree, but I did get prostate cancer, and the only reason it was caught early was a digital rectal exam. I had the operation, had it removed, and am now hale and healthy 5 years later. So all I can you men out there is to go to your doctor and drop you damn pants! It may save your life despite what these "studies" show.

      • So, how did you know? Considering, its been known for years, that over 50% of prostrate operation were unnecessary. Or, are you unaware our medical, pharma system, is a business? Talk about fodder! Ever see a Hospital, Ambulance service, Police service, etc, say, gee there is nothing going on this month? lol. Not as long as there are uninformed, well insured, suckers. The Ambulance and GP's will roll em into the Hospitals, and the Police will roll em into the Courts.

        • my neighbor and i both got posititive results to prostate cancer tests in february of2008 he did nothing and died in august 2008 i had a biopsy and then surgery to remove the prostate,and am alive today. so please take your comment and shove it.

          • You proves the whole theory. These research groups should just, er, shove it. Amazing!
            Except! It takes 25 years for prostrate cancer to kill! Did you poison him? For fooling with your , ?? lol
            Some of you are pathetic.

  3. I may not be doctor or hold a medical degree, but I did get prostate cancer, and the only reason it was caught early was a digital rectal exam. I had the operation, had it removed, and am now hale and healthy 5 years later. So all I can you men out there is to go to your doctor and drop you damn pants! It may save your life despite what these "studies" show.

  4. So, how did you know? Considering, its been known for years, that over 50% of prostrate operation were unnecessary. Or, are you unaware our medical, pharma system, is a business? Talk about fodder! Ever see a Hospital, Ambulance service, Police service, etc, say, gee there is nothing going on this month? lol. Not as long as there are uninformed, well insured, suckers. The Ambulance and GP's will roll em into the Hospitals, and the Police will roll em into the Courts.

  5. Based on this study it would appear that my experience is statistically unique. However, there will enivitably be a few others like me. I was given a clean bill of health by my physician after a physical exam, but a later PSA test came back elevated (positive). Cancer was confirmed via biopsy and given my age (50 yrs), I elected to proceed with surgery. If it wasn't for the PSA I don't know how long it would have taken for the cancer to be detected and how far advanced the tumour woud have been at that point (it comprised 6% of the gland and hadn't progressed beyond the prostate).

    I'll never know for certain whether or not this cancer would have been responsible for my inevitable mortality, but I no longer have to be concerned about it or its effects on me over the course of time. Furthermore, I'd far rather have treatment at 50 than at 70. The statistics are one thing, but one never knows who will be the outliers.

  6. Based on this study it would appear that my experience is statistically unique. However, there will enivitably be a few others like me. I was given a clean bill of health by my physician after a physical exam, but a later PSA test came back elevated (positive). Cancer was confirmed via biopsy and given my age (50 yrs), I elected to proceed with surgery. If it wasn't for the PSA I don't know how long it would have taken for the cancer to be detected and how far advanced the tumour woud have been at that point (it comprised 6% of the gland and hadn't progressed beyond the prostate).

    I'll never know for certain whether or not this cancer would have been responsible for my inevitable mortality, but I no longer have to be concerned about it or its effects on me over the course of time. Furthermore, I'd far rather have treatment at 50 than at 70. The statistics are one thing, but one never knows who will be the outliers.

  7. Probably interesting to know how one acquires this,"virus". But considering the scientific community are hushed up, to protect the obvious, so society can fornicate in the style they been accustomed to. Tough this new forced equality eh?

  8. Probably interesting to know how one acquires this,"virus". But considering the scientific community are hushed up, to protect the obvious, so society can fornicate in the style they been accustomed to. Tough this new forced equality eh?

  9. This is a tough one -There is evidence on both sides of the coin -occassionally, it will even, miraculously stand on its side.

    Follow me on Twitter, and you will understand how destructive the Conservatives are: this is election time.

    http://twitter.com/matwilson6

    Let's put a Liberal in charge, Harper is afraid to debate.

  10. This is a tough one -There is evidence on both sides of the coin -occassionally, it will even, miraculously stand on its side.

    Follow me on Twitter, and you will understand how destructive the Conservatives are: this is election time.

    http://twitter.com/matwilson6

    Let's put a Liberal in charge, Harper is afraid to debate.

  11. my neighbor and i both got posititive results to prostate cancer tests in february of2008 he did nothing and died in august 2008 i had a biopsy and then surgery to remove the prostate,and am alive today. so please take your comment and shove it.

  12. I agree with La belle garcie. My PSA results for the last 27 years.,have been in the range of 16 -36. Cancer was confirmed about 8 years ago through ultra sound procedure. I refused to go for surgery though my urologist tried his best. I did not give in. My urologist still sends me for PSA every six months; and finds no change. To shrink prostate he suggest medication.
    I am 77 years old and in v.good health. People die with prostate cancer and not because of prostate cancer.

  13. I agree with La belle garcie. My PSA results for the last 27 years.,have been in the range of 16 -36. Cancer was confirmed about 8 years ago through ultra sound procedure. I refused to go for surgery though my urologist tried his best. I did not give in. My urologist still sends me for PSA every six months; and finds no change. To shrink prostate he suggest medication.
    I am 77 years old and in v.good health. People die with prostate cancer and not because of prostate cancer.

  14. You proves the whole theory. These research groups should just, er, shove it. Amazing!
    Except! It takes 25 years for prostrate cancer to kill! Did you poison him? For fooling with your , ?? lol
    Some of you are pathetic.

  15. Good going Nari! People also lose a LOT of years of sexual enjoyment, for WHAT! The racket?
    Twas said to me today! That we are lucky we not have to pay for these medical things we keep having. I said most Countries DON'T have access to this system and still seem to do fine. How come? Les racket mes amies! We have les rackets PERFECTED!

  16. Good going Nari! People also lose a LOT of years of sexual enjoyment, for WHAT! The racket?
    Twas said to me today! That we are lucky we not have to pay for these medical things we keep having. I said most Countries DON'T have access to this system and still seem to do fine. How come? Les racket mes amies! We have les rackets PERFECTED!

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