Posted 3/16/2008 1:08 PM (GMT -7)
I don't know the exact facts of Mr De Niro's case, but in mine I would have been justified legally, ethically and morally to answer the question as asked by the insurers with a "no".  When I had my biopsy:
(1) My PSA was in the normal range for my age.
(2) The DRE was negative
(3) The reason for the biopsy was PSA velocity, but the biopsy was described by the urologist as a procedure to rule out cancer (10% chance).
Would I have answered that I had colon cancer before  I had a colonoscopy, although there was a small chance that it may have been there due to a positive screening test for fecal occult blood?
No. Thankfully, the colon polyps were negative for cancer.  

Age 59  PSA velocity quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.6) 
1 of 12 biopsies positive (5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Cancer confined to one small area Gleason 5 
PSA's undetectable

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