My local paper just ran a story yesterday about
doctors telling men who are screening for prostate CA to start taking finasteride (ie Proscar) to decrease the odds of prostate cancer by 25%. The most disturbing thing to me about
this article is the author's comments about
Prostate CA and I quote ,"about
186,000 American men this year will be told they have cancer of the prostate. The disease is often diagnosed from a biopsy after a suspicious PSA blood test..........PSA can be high for many reasons, and there's no proof that screening saves lives-the reason no major cancer groups recommend it. Most men over 55 get the test anyway, then face a dilemma if cancer is found. It usually grows so slowly it is not life-threatening, but it can prove fatal. Treatments often causes sexual or bladder control problems. "We still don't know if screening and aggressive treatment is a good thing,".........said American Cancer Society's chief medical officer, Dr. Otis Brawley
So all you guys out there, (like me), was it worth it to you to find out you had prostate cancer? Or would it have been better if we had just forgotten about taking the annual PSA test and went on our merry way with our lives oblivious to this condition. Honest answers please, I want to know how you feel about this...........................